Recreational boating is one of the most popular activities in Rhode Island, with approximately 40,000 boats registered in 2020. With that many boats on the water, not to mention the number of swimmers, divers, kayakers, and other personal watercraft, it's no wonder that boating accidents are on the rise.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a boat accident, it's important to understand your right to compensation. The Rhode Island boat accident lawyers at Karns & Kerrison can evaluate your case during a free consultation and help you determine your next steps.
If you or your loved one was injured in an accident involving a recreational watercraft, contact Karns & Kerrison.
Who Can Sue for Damages in Boat Accidents?
People injured as a result of negligence on recreational boats, including powerboats and sailboats, have the right to sue and recover damages from the negligent party. This includes:
- Passengers in a personal watercraft who is injured as a result of the operator's negligence;
- Passengers who are injured when another watercraft strikes their vehicle;
- Or the operator of the personal watercraft if he or she is injured as a result of another party's negligence.
Boat accidents involving recreational swimmers are also covered under this law. Swimmers, snorkelers, or scuba divers who are injured when struck by boats or due to another act of negligence may seek damages for their injuries.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Boat Accident Claim?
At Karns & Kerrison, we help injured individuals and the family members of those killed in serious boat accidents determine their legal options and fight for the full, fair recovery they are owed.
The recovery for these damages differs from case to case, but often includes:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of use
- Permanent injuries
- Permanent loss of income or reduced income
- Emotional distress
If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a boat accident in Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your family and your future.
Discuss your case with our Rhode Island boat accident lawyers; call (888) 281-3100 or contact us online today.
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