Without a doubt, Brownsville and the areas surrounding South Padre Island make for some of the best boating conditions along the entire Gulf Coast. Thousands of Texans take to the waterways each year to enjoy a variety of work and recreational opportunities while also finding a cool and refreshing way to beat the heat.
However, some people get careless on local waterways, resulting in all kinds of tragic boating mishaps. Sometimes this is caused by the boater’s inattention but at other times its due to the reckless or negligent actions of another boater. Aside from a multitude of injuries, there were also 45 boating deaths in Texas in 2017, a 28% jump from just a year earlier.
When a Boating Accident is Due to Someone Else’s Actions
Admittedly, some boating accidents are strictly due to a boater’s own reckless actions. This may be due to excessive speed, inexperience, or too much alcohol. At other times, boaters will have a run-in with each other, sometimes also caused by too much speed or alcohol. Boating accidents can happen due to overcrowding on a vessel, a lack of personal safety devices, hit and run boating accidents, or accidents caused by defective boating equipment.
In all of these cases, you could be a victim. Even if you are in a boat with a friend or a family member, they have a duty to protect your safety at all times. When they do not, and an accident takes place, you can protect yourself by seeking damages for any injuries you incur.
Because boating accidents almost always take place on the water, gathering evidence can be a challenge. An experienced boating accident attorney will understand that evidence can degrade quickly, and that’s why it is especially important to seek out an attorney immediately if you are a boating accident victim. Your attorney will take the available evidence and apply appropriate maritime and personal injury laws to give you the best chance at earning a maximum award for your losses.
Contact Us Today if You Have Been in a Brownsville Area Boating Accident
Founded by Rio Grande Valley native Humberto Tijerina, the Tijerina Law Group serves clients in McAllen, Brownsville, and other nearby Texas communities. We believe every client deserves efficient, personal, and respectful client service and we back our commitment by offering a no-fee guarantee. If we don’t win your case, you won’t pay a dime.
For a free initial consultation, contact us at (956) 777-7777.
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