What You Should Do About Boating Negligence

In 2014, 4,064 accidents included 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and over $39 million dollars in damages to property as the result of recreational boating accidents according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard. An injury or death does not necessarily require someone to be negligent. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. Louisiana’s boating accidents resulted in 113 crashes, 62 injuries and 19 fatalities, below the previous year’s numbers.

Typical Injuries

Similar to driving on land, there is right of way expectations that are understood by most recreational boaters. These expectations could help produce fault if there was uncertainty in which party is most liable for injuries or damages.

The top five accidents that can happen while on a boat are the following:

  • Collision with recreational vessel
  • Flooding/swamping
  • Collision with a fixed object
  • Grounding
  • Skier Mishap

Colliding with another recreational vessel accounted for over 650 injuries according to the United States Coast Guard over the course of 2014.

What To Do After A Collision

After being involved in a boating accident, the first thing you should do is to ensure that additional damages or injuries occur. The first thing you should do is to turn off the boat’s engine and make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Evaluating the scene is important so that you are aware of any possible issues that can arise shortly. Check on all passengers involved in the crash to check for injury and call for help with your radio or other means. After everyone is taken care of you should exchange name, address, and boat identification with the other operator involved in the collision. Taking pictures and getting witnesses contact information will also be helpful if you plan to file a claim.

Lastly, you will need to contact an experienced boating accident attorney at Babcock Injury Lawyers. We will fight for you and get you the justice you deserve. You shouldn’t have to suffer for the negligence of another person.

Directions to our Baton Rouge Office

Please note: We can come to you if you are injured and unable to make it to our office.

Babcock Injury Lawyers is located on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge. It is situated between Highland Road and Perkins Road. Our office is located minutes away from Louisiana State University, the Baton Rouge Bluebonnet Swamp, and the Mall of Louisiana. Our Baton Rouge office serves the greater Baton Rouge area including Denham Springs, Prairieville, Central, Baker, Livingston, Gonzales, Plaquemine, and Zachary.

Coming from Downtown or West Baton Rouge:

Once you have passed Bluebonnet Boulevard, get in the right lane and exit onto Exit 163 toward Siegen Lane. Keep to the right on Interstate 10 East Access Road. Take a right onto Siegen Lane and make your way to the middle or left lane. Continue south on Siegen Lane. You will cross over Perkins Lane and then come to a slight “S” curve in Siegen Lane. After the “S” curve, make a legal U- turn and our office park will be the second drive on your right. You will see the Babcock Injury Lawyers sign.

Coming from Hammond or I-12 Baton Rouge:

Keep to the right as you approach the I-10 / I-12 split and take Exit 1A to I-10 East. Once you have passed Bluebonnet Boulevard, get in the right land and exit onto Exit 163 toward Siegen Lane. Keep to the right on Interstate 10 East Access Road. Take a right onto Siegen Lane and make your way to the middle or left lane. Continue south on Siegen Lane. You will cross over Perkins Lane and then come to a slight “S” curve in Siegen Lane. After the ”S” curve, make a legal U- turn and our office park will be the second drive on your right. You will see the Babcock Injury Lawyers sign.

Coming from Gonzales (South Baton Rouge):

Keep to the right as you approach Baton Rouge, and take Exit 163 from I-10 West. Keep to the left after you exit I-10. Take a left onto Siegen Lane and make your way to the middle or left lane. Continue south on Siegen Lane. You will cross over Perkins Lane and then come to a slight “S” curve in Siegen Lane. After the ”S” curve, make a legal U- turn and our office park will be the second drive on your right. You will see the Babcock Injury Lawyers sign.

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