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When A Day On The Water Turns Tragic: Personal Watercraft And Boating Accidents

Spending a day on the water can be relaxing and fun, but tragedy can occur in an instant. Drinking while boating is as dangerous as driving drunk. At Albiston Brannon & Gilbert, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys in Norfolk and Virginia Beach help victims of boating accidents recover damages from negligent boaters and responsible parties.

Whether you were injured in a recreational boating accident or suffered injuries on a commercial vessel, our lawyers have the experience necessary to help you pursue your claim for damages.

Liability For Recreational Boating Accidents And Personal Watercraft Injuries

If you are injured in a boating accident or by a personal watercraft, if you can prove that the other party was negligent, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. If the operator of the personal watercraft or boat was acting recklessly or with less caution than a prudent operator would in the same circumstances, they could be held responsible for the accident. If the operator was drinking, it can be easier to prove that they should have been more careful.

Commercial Boating Accidents And Maritime Law

With the many marinas throughout Virginia, accidents that happen on marina property could mean that the marina is responsible for damages or injuries under the personal injury laws relating to premises liability. Commercial accidents that happen on navigable waters will be subject to maritime laws. Injured seamen and commercial fishermen may be able to recover damages pursuant to the Jones Act (Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) for general maritime law.

Contact A Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been injured at sea on a commercial vessel or suffered damages from a personal watercraft or recreational boating injury, our personal injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation and consultation. You can book your free appointment by calling our office at 757-346-1427 or by sending an email using our website form.