Minnesota has over 9,000 miles of shoreline and nearly one million registered boats (the largest per capita ownership in the United States). Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans don’t know life without one. Many own two or three, including speed boats, ski boats, jet skis and other personal watercraft. Sadly, this enjoyable local pastime sometimes turns for the worst and boat operators or passengers are killed or injured in an accident on the water.
CAUSES OF BOAT ACCIDENTS IN MINNESOTA
With recreational boating accidents, rules concerning motor vehicles typically apply. The operator and owner of a boat owes a duty to exercise reasonable care to all passengers and other boaters. Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Driver Inattention;
- Driver Inexperience;
- Use of Alcohol During Operation of a Boat;
- Excessive Speed;
- Failure to Yield; and
- Failure to Monitor Water Depth.
COMPENSATION IN BOAT ACCIDENT CASES
Having suffered losses through a boating accident (either because of the negligence of someone else while you were boating or because of a design defect in your boat) your life now has been changed completely. You are entitled to full compensation for your losses. The types of compensation to which you are entitled include:
- Past and Future Wage Loss;
- Past and Future Medical Expenses;
- Pain and Suffering;
- Emotional Distress;
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life; and
- Replacement Services
Punitive damages may be recovered in some cases (usually involving alcohol use), along with damages for surviving family members in a wrongful death situation.
NO FEE UNLESS WE WIN YOUR CASE
Our lawyers accept boat accident cases on a contingent basis, so you pay no fee unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf. We will front all expenses associated with your case and if we recover nothing, you owe us nothing.