Boating Under the Influence Injury Lawyers in Dallas
Approximately seven out of ten boating accidents are the result of human negligence and boating under the influence (BUI) is responsible for roughly 34% of fatal boat accidents each year. When a person is boating under the influence, he/she significantly impairs their senses making it easier to collide into another vehicle or swimmer. Because the legal limit in Texas is 0.08%, anyone operating a boat, with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, who causes an accident can be held liable.
Eligibility to Collect Damages
According to the U.S. Coast Guard's 2011 report, recreational boating fatalities are at the highest levels they have been at since 1998 (see wrongful death). If you suffered from hypothermia, a near drowning incident, head, back or neck injuries, lacerations, disfigurement, or permanent disability after being hit by a drunk boater, you should file a personal injury claim. Because boats are usually bigger, heavier and carry more passengers than a car, boat accidents can be inflict far more damage.
Recreational and commercial boaters can both be guilty of boating under the influence. If you can prove that a boater was boating under the influence and that the crash he/she caused resulted in the injuries you sustained, you could be eligible to recover compensatory damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills. You could even be entitled to collect punitive damages. If someone was guilty of boating under the influence, he/she will be tried in a criminal court and if this person is convicted, you could receive punitive damages or "damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant."
Besides helping you hold the guilty party responsible, a competent personal injury attorney can also help you receive the compensation you need from the insurance company. It is important you have a legal advocate on your side, because often an insurance company will put an early offer on the table that does not cover all of your injuries. We can combine our efforts with an accident reconstructionist and medical experts to help you receive the full degree of compensation you deserve.
What Steps You Can Take
In order to collect all the damages you deserve, it is helpful if you can take pictures or videos of:
- Where the accident happened
- The boats involved
- Your injuries
- Ocean or lake conditions
- Damage sustained on boats
It is important that you report your injuries immediately, that you record a detailed description of the accident so that you don't forget anything and that you don't sign any kind of release until you talk to a personal injury attorney. It may take lots of persistence and legal backing until you receive a settlement from the insurance company.
Whether a boat operator was drunk and caused you injury while you were swimming or on board of a cruise ship, recreational ship, crew boat, cargo ship, chemical ship, barge, sailboat, kayak, canoe, jetski, fishing vessel, drill ship or tugboat- regardless of the details of your case, we can help you take legal action.
Get Zinda Law Group on your side!
When so much is at stake, and you deserve full compensation and justice to be served, you should not hire a less than competent attorney to represent you. How can you be confident a Dallas personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group is the right advocate for you? The firm has received a 10.0 rating on Avvo, is Better Business Bureau accredited, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum. Clients have said that "The team at Zinda Law Group is unbeatable when it comes to respect, communication and diligence." Zinda Law Group' personal creed assures clients that the firm will "fight hard for you-no matter what," "be honest and upfront about your case," and "be compassionate and respectful to your situation." That is integrity you should want on your side! Don't delay any longer in getting the aggressive representation you need on your side-call Zinda Law Group today to speak with a Dallas boat accident lawyer for free.