Boat Injury Lawyer Killeen
The lakes, rivers and coastal waters of Texas will be a source of great fun for pleasure boaters during the summer and throughout the year. Unfortunately, they will also be the scene of mishaps, and some of these boating accidents will result in human casualties. The victims of boat accidents that result from the negligent actions of others may be entitled to compensation, but they will first need the services of a personal injury attorney. These are the types of services provided by the law firm of Zinda Law Group.
There are plenty of things boaters can do to ensure their safety. They should carry the proper safety equipment, including life jackets and first aid kits. They should also know the rules that apply to them, including speed limits and loading requirements. Additionally, they should never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most boaters are safety conscious, but those who are not often cause great harm to others.
Negligence in boating follows the same principles as negligence in other areas, including driving. Boat operators are expected to act in a reasonable manner, looking out for other vessels and for anyone in the water, maintaining reasonable speeds and not producing wakes in restricted areas. Many may not realize that laws in Texas pertaining to driving while under the influence also pertain to the operation of boats. Those who do not follow the rules and cause accidents can be held financially responsible for the resulting damages.
Many boaters have insurance, but this does not guarantee that the victims of accidents will receive adequate monetary compensation. Securing an insurance claim can be complicated, and may be particularly intimidating to those who are not familiar with the process. Insurance companies will do what is necessary to reduce the size of the claim, and often attempt to pressure the victim into accepting a settlement. They may also discourage the victim from consulting with an attorney. Studies have in fact shown that those who sought the assistance of attorneys in personal injury cases received damage claims that were more than three times greater than those who settled on their own.
Lawyers understand the principles of negligence and can advise the victims of their rights and their options. They can help determine whether the nature of the accident warrants legal action. In the event that the case is accepted, an attorney can help gather the required documentation, and then guide the case through the process, taking it before a jury if necessary. In the event that the case is settled out of court, an attorney will work to assure the fairest possible outcome.
The victims of boating accidents may require compensation for the purpose of paying medical bills or in lieu of lost wages. They can also seek damages to compensate for the pain and suffering related to the injury. An attorney can be the best representative for anyone seeking such compensation. It is this type of representation that is offered by the law firm of Zinda Law Group.