Chicago Boat Accident Lawyers
Maximizing Compensation for Boating Accident Victims
Personal injury attorney Eugene K. Hollander can assist victims of boating accidents maximize their compensation. Boating accident can happen on any of the Great Lakes, or an injury may occur while even a smaller body of water, or while aboard a ship in the ocean. Mr. Hollander can retain the proper experts and investigators to determine the cause of a boat crash. While the Unites Stated Coast Guard or local law enforcement agency may conducts investigations of a bating accident accident, it may be necessary for The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander to obtain a court order to preserve evidence and retain independent experts to determine the cause of a boating accident.
The Chicago boating accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander are experience in handling complex serious injuries such as boating accidents. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured as a result of a boat-related accident, whether it may be in a small boat or cruise ship, contact an experienced attorney to schedule a free consultation.
Boating accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. The most frequent cause of boat accidents are:
- Captain's negligence
- Engine failure
- Negligent maintenance
- Fuel tank explosion
- Defective hull
- Instrument failure
- Defective parts
- Improper storage of equipment
- Negligent storage of baggage
Passengers of commercial ships should be aware that the common carrier owes them a "high degree of care." An airline carrier owes the passenger a duty to provide him with a competent captain. A commercial carrier's failure to provide passengers with a competent captain may subject the airline to liability due to their negligence.
The transportation company also owes its passengers a duty to maintain the boat in good working order. This means that the commercial carrier must conduct regular inspections of the ship, insure that it does not have any defective equipment, and that the instrument panel is working properly.
Certain issues are unique to boating accidents. One threshold issue is whether the ship is on a navigable waterway and is subject to admiralty law. Another issue is whether the captain was under the influence of alcohol and thus may be subjected to the imposition of punitive damages. If the accident occurred on a commercial ship, the passenger often must commence a legal action in a specific venue. Also, the ticket which the passenger purchases may require the passenger to give notice of the claim to the cruise line within a specified period of time, and commence the legal action by a specific date. Otherwise, a court may rule that the claim may be barred by the statute of limitations.
Please contact us immediately regarding your boating injury.