Boat Accident


If you get injured on a motorboat or a sailboat, you must be able to prove that your injury resulted from someone’s negligence in order to be able to recover damages from that person. The fact that you got hurt does not mean that anyone was negligent. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. This means that you must be able to prove that someone failed to act with reasonable care, and that, as a result of that negligence, you got hurt.

To better illustrate how a negligence claim would work, it helps to identify the main types of boating accidents. The majority of pleasure boating accidents are the following:

  • your boat hits another boat
  • your boat hits another boat’s wake
  • your boat hits a wave
  • your boat hits a submerged object, rock, or land