Because the Buffalo Niagara Region is situated on both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, many residents and visitors enjoy boating and other water sports. Although the waterfront is a great asset of the region, it, unfortunately, also means that there is an increased potential for boat accidents.
If any type of watercraft used by workers, residents or tourists is involved in an accident, the federal government is responsible for investigating the cause and whether maritime laws have been broken. For a boat accident case, this means two things. First, the government acts as an unbiased third-party and investigates the boat accident. Second, if maritime laws have been broken, the party who has broken them will most likely be found to have acted negligently in a court of law.
Boat Accident Liability
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a boating accident, there are many different entities that can be held liable for damages, injury and wrongful death. Some of these include:
- The driver or captain of the vessel
- Members of the crew
- The boat owner
- The boat maintenance crew
If one or more of these parties acted negligently, the victims of the boat accident are entitled to sue for damages including:
- Compensation for damages to your boat (if a collision occurred)
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Proving negligence in boating accident claims can be difficult for anyone who is not well versed in this type of case. The boat accident injury attorneys at Feroleto Law understand these laws and know how to represent you and your family in such a way that you will receive adequate recompense if your accident was caused by another party’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a boating accident in the Buffalo Niagara region, we, as attorneys, believe that you should be fairly compensated for the damages you have incurred. By contacting our boat accident injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation, we can help determine if you have a viable case.
We only charge legal fees if your case is won or settled out of court, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with us today. Call (716) 854-0700.