Boat Accident Lawyer-Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
With hundreds of miles of waterways, Texas is a great place to boat for pleasure, work or transportation. But boating can be dangerous when one of the people involved doesn’t pay enough attention to safety.
As a Texas boat accident lawyer I offer free, confidential consultations, so you can tell me about your situation and learn more about your legal options, at no risk or obligation. To set up a meeting, call today at 1-888-336-3455 or send us a message.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which handles boating licensing and enforcement, there were 271 boating accidents in Texas in 2008, which included 61 fatalities and 173 injuries. That agency blames many boating accidents in Dallas/Fort Worth and around Texas on alcohol consumption, but accidents can also be caused by simple carelessness from boat operators or their passengers.
Boats can be large vehicles—and often, they’re motor vehicles, including small but fast personal watercraft. That’s why the state requires boater education certification to legally operate most vessels, just as you must have a driver’s license to operate cars and trucks. Furthermore, Texas law makes boating under the influence a crime, equivalent to a DWI here on land. But in the holiday atmosphere surrounding many pleasure boating excursions, many people don’t bother observing these laws. Alcohol alone plays a role in half of all boating accidents, according to the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Boating for a Living
Boating for a living—in shipping, fishing, recreation and other industries—can also be dangerous. In addition to the dangers caused by inattention, work on a boat can pose risks just because it’s rough physical work strongly affected by weather. Some employers add to the risks by creating unsafe workplaces or refusing to address injuries when they happen, leaving workers with no way to support themselves and no resources to help them heal.
Contact Coby L. Wooten for Help Today
Victims of boating accidents should talk to Texas boat accident lawyer Coby L. Wooten right away. Based in Dallas/Fort Worth, my law firm has helped clients win fair compensation for their injuries since 1996. Boating accidents can cause permanent injuries or even deaths from drownings, head injuries, accidents with boat propellers and more. When those injuries are caused by someone else’s carelessness, I can help victims recover the financial compensation they need to deal with their injuries and make ends meet.