Water Craft Accidents

One of the chief benefits of living so close to a navigable waterway is the quantity of activities that involve recreational watercraft. With thousands of people venturing out on our waterways, devastating boat accidents are almost inevitable. At Novins, York & Jacobus, we can help to pursue compensation for the tragic effects a water-vehicle accident can have on personal finances as well as physical and emotional health.

Types of Water Craft Accidents

Living in an area of the country that is surrounded by water, there are many different types of vessels that populate recreational and commercial waterways. Accidents may involve various types of boats and ships and the people on them, including:

  • Recreational Watercraft
    • Sailboats
    • Speedboats
    • Pontoon Boats
    • Kayaks
    • Row Boats
    • Jet Skis
    • Cruise Ships
    • Fishing Vessels
    • Longshoremen and those in other maritime occupations
    • Individuals participating in water sports
      • Windsurfing
      • Snorkeling
      • Scuba Diving

Water Craft accidents are known to cause severe injuries, and can often be fatal. If you have been involved in a boating accident, the lawyers of Novins, York & Jacobus can pursue compensation and hold negligent parties accountable.

Maritime Law

Maritime and boating laws are in place to prevent a range of accidents, injuries, and fatalities that occur on waterways. These laws and regulations are specialized to water vehicles and apply to cruise ships, maritime workers, recreational vessel operators, passengers, and basically anyone out on the water. Product liability laws governing crashworthiness of vehicles and the safety of parts and equipment also apply to watercraft.

Our attorneys understand the importance of gathering evidence as quickly as possible, as evidence in boating accidents is often washed away or destroyed, making it imperative to seek legal representation immediately.  If you have been involved in a boating accident, contact Novins, York & Jacobus today.

Pursuing Compensation

Litigating a boat accident case can be a very complex process, dealing with specialized maritime laws and the collection of evidence critical to your case. However, if our Water Craft accident attorneys can prove negligence as a major cause of your boating accident, you may be entitled to financial recovery for:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Destruction of property

If a watercraft accident has resulted in the wrongful death of a loved one, you also may be entitled to funeral expenses, loss of benefits, loss of companionship, and other damages.