What starts out as a wonderful day boating on Lake Champlain can quickly turn into a tragic event if your vessel collides with another boat, object, or another serious accident occurs. If you sustained injuries in a boating collision and believe that it was due to operator negligence, it is in your best interest to talk with a Burlington boating accident lawyer as soon as possible.
An experienced personal injury attorney like Drew Palcsik will identify any negligent actions that contributed to your damages. If the operator or another party did not live up to their legal duty of care and caused a preventable accident, you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, hospital bills, and other damages.
Important Safety Standards for Boat Operators and Passengers in Burlington
Boat owners, operators, and passengers should be aware of certain safety regulations that govern the use of maritime vessels in Vermont. Vermont law regulates motorboats at Title 23 Vermont Statutes Annotated Chapter 29 Subchapter 2. In the State of Vermont, operators of personal watercraft and motorized vessels are required to complete training and obtain a license certifying that they are educated in boat safety. This licensing requirement does not apply to users born before 1974.
Boat operators owe a legal obligation to their passengers to drive their vessel with reasonable care and comply with all mandatory safety regulations. If a boat operator breaches this obligation and an accident ensues, they will be legally responsible for your injuries. For instance, if a boat operator takes the vessel out into a storm when the conditions are clearly dangerous, and crashes into a wave, boat, or another object, injuring those on board, the operator may be liable for negligence. Drew Palcsik will investigate whether reckless or careless operation was the cause of your boating accident.
Pursuing Boating Accident Damages
Serious boating accidents can lead to injuries such as fractured or broken bones, brain injuries, loss of a limb, back injuries, and burn injuries. Such injuries can result in long-term damages including significant income loss and exorbitant medical expenses.
Drew will help you and other Burlington residents who have been injured in a boating collision recover for your damages from the negligent operator or another responsible party.
Under Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 12 § 512, the deadline to file a boat accident claim is three years from the date of your accident. If a minor is injured in a boating collision, they have until they turn 21 years of age to file a claim against the responsible party.
Talk with a Burlington Boating Accident Attorney Today
A serious boating accident can leave someone with long-term or permanent injuries, some of which can be so debilitating that it affects the person’s ability to care for themselves or hold down a job. If you believe that your boating accident injuries were preventable had the boat owner or operator acted differently, it may be time to speak with a Burlington boating accident lawyer.
Drew will provide a complete assessment of your case for damages and help you determine how to best move forward with your potential claim. Call Drew today to arrange your case consultation and get more information about pursuing compensatory damages for your boating accident injuries.