Florence Boat Accident Lawyer
With a dozen major lakes, 8 river basins, and almost 2,900 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, it is no surprise that boating is a popular activity in South Carolina. What might shock you is the high risk of being involved in a boat accident. Almost 800 people are killed and more than 3,100 are injured in these incidents nationwide every year. The threat is concerning close to home as well. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports that there are approximately 150 recreational boating accidents annually, leading to dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injured victims.
Most boat collisions are caused by negligence, so you may qualify to obtain compensation for your losses. You can trust our team at the Stanley Law Group to help navigate the legal process and tackle all essential tasks. Please contact us to set up a free consultation with a Florence boat accident lawyer. A legal summary is also valuable.
Common Causes Behind Boat Accidents
Carelessness is the reason most boat collisions happen, and mistakes can be especially tragic when you are in a vessel surrounded by water. Drowning is an additional threat to consider aside from other injuries, and watercraft are equipped with a very dangerous piece of machinery in the propeller that powers the boat.
The legal theory of liability in these accidents is negligence, which refers to the failure to exercise reasonable care while operating the watercraft. Some common forms of negligence in boating crashes include:
- Misunderstanding aids to navigation;
- Boating while intoxicated;
- Traveling too fast for water and weather conditions;
- Operating a watercraft without having any training or experience;
- Failure to maintain, inspect, and make repairs; and,
- Many others.
How Our Lawyers Support Your Rights
Boat owners typically carry insurance on vessels, so your first step in the legal process will be filing a claim with the at-fault boater’s insurer. Many of these cases settle, but insurance companies often deny payment to protect their own financial interests. If the insurer will not pay fair compensation, the next step is suing in court. You can count on our Florence boat accident lawyers to be aggressive in settlement negotiations, but we will take your case to court as necessary to enforce your rights.
The Stanley Law Group is prepared to:
- Conduct an investigation and gather evidence;
- Prepare all insurance claims forms and supporting paperwork;
- Discuss settlement options with the insurance company; and,
- File a lawsuit and handle all litigation tasks.
It is our goal to ensure you receive full monetary damages for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and many other losses.
Discuss Your Remedies with a Florence Boat Accident Lawyer
As you can see, there are numerous tasks and legal complications that affect your interests in a boat crash claim. You put your rights at risk unless you have skilled representation, so please contact the Stanley Law Group today. We can schedule a complimentary case evaluation with a South Carolina boat accident lawyer. Once we review your circumstances, our team can explain how the legal process works.