Representing Victims Of Boat Accidents On Lakes, Rivers And Oceans
When you are injured in a car accident or are responsible for a car accident, your case will likely be governed by state liability laws. When you are involved in a recreational boating accident, though, the legal situation will likely be much more complex.
Because recreational boats and pleasure crafts operate on navigable waters, accidents
involving them and injuries happening aboard them can be governed by maritime law and brought in a federal court or state court. The rules of liability and standards of conduct, then, will be different than for an accident on land. For this reason, it’s important that your attorney be experienced in handling maritime accidents and injuries.
The Houston boating accident lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled dozens of cases under state laws, the federal Limitation of Liability Act, 46 U.S.C. §30501, and other federal and state laws and acts governing recreational and commercial boating.
We can navigate and resolve complicated legal questions involving state versus federal jurisdiction, the accurate identification of defendants and the analysis of applicable international treaties (in cases involving international waters and foreign parties).
We have handled a broad range of cases involving recreational boating accidents, including:
- Drunk boating
- Collisions between recreational boats and commercial boats
- Improper/inadequate boat lighting
- Collisions between recreational boats and fishing boats