Boating Accidents Attorney in Shreveport / Bossier City - Louisiana

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Boat and Water Accident Lawyer / Attorney in Shreveport, LA

A day on the water is a common pastime when you live in the sportsman’s paradise. Louisiana is home to many beautiful bodies of water. Residents frequently spend time on the water doing activities such as fishing, swimming, water-skiing, wake boarding or even just riding around in a boat. However, with these popular leisure activities come the risk of boating accidents.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported 4,158 accidents in 2015. 626 deaths resulted from these accidents. There was also $42 million in property damages reported that same year due to recreational boating accidents.

Boating accidents can occur in many ways:

  • two boats colliding
  • a boat hitting a wave
  • a boat hitting another boat’s wake
  • a boat hitting a submerged object such as a log or rock
  • a boat colliding with land or a dock

Boating accidents are similar to car accidents. Most boating accidents are the result of negligence or impairment of a driver. According to the USCG, 71% of boating deaths occurred on boats whose operator did not complete a boating safety course. If you were involved in a boating accident due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to damages to cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.

Common causes of boating mishaps include:

  • Careless operation
  • Excessive speed
  • Operator impairment
  • Weather
  • Hazards in the water

Greenwald Law Firm LLC has experience representing clients across Louisiana for almost 20 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, know your legal rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 318-219-7867.