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Raleigh, NC Boat Accident Attorneys

Johnston County Personal Watercraft Crash Attorneys

Lawyers Helping Victims Injured on the Water in Wake County and Johnston County

North Carolina is home to many rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, in addition to more than 300 miles of shoreline directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The state also has the second-largest system of estuaries in the United States, giving North Carolina a total of over 12,300 miles of coastal shoreline. With such easy access, it is no wonder that thousands of residents and millions of visitors per year spend countless hours boating, fishing, and enjoying time on the water. While nobody expects to suffer injuries on a boat or personal watercraft—commonly known by the popular brand names Jet Ski and WaveRunner—the unfortunate reality is that boating accidents happen occasionally. When such accidents occur, the injuries that are caused are often quite serious.

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced personal injury attorneys have helped many boat and watercraft accident victims recover full compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt while on the water, we understand the challenges that you are facing, and we know what it takes to get results. With more than 35 years of combined personal injury experience, our lawyers are ready to put our proven approach to work for you and your family.

Common Causes of North Carolina Boating Accidents

There are many different ways in which an injury-causing watercraft accident can occur. Some such accidents are caused by careless operators while others result from failures to maintain proper safety protocols. Wind and bad weather can also be factors in boating accidents, as can improper boat maintenance or defective equipment. One of the major contributors to boat accidents, however, is alcohol use. It is common for boaters to spend a day on the water drinking, and boating while impaired is a major concern on many North Carolina waterways. Additionally, the water presents risks of its own. In fact, drowning is among the leading causes of death related to boating accidents.

The skilled attorneys at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC handle all types of boat and water-related accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Collisions with other watercraft
  • Collisions with submerged or fixed objects
  • Personal watercraft accidents
  • Waterskiing and tubing accidents
  • Flooding or capsizing
  • Passengers falling overboard

No matter how your injuries may have occurred, our team will provide the guidance and representation you need to recover the compensation required to get your life back on track.

Charlotte Boat Accident Liability Lawyers

In order to obtain compensation following an injury-causing boating accident, the first step will be determining liability or fault. With our help, you will need to demonstrate that a party or parties acted recklessly or negligently and that you sustained injuries due to those actions. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to figure out what happened, why, and who caused it.

For example, if the boat on which you were riding was being driven by an individual who was intoxicated, and the boat crashed into another vessel, the intoxicated operator could be liable for causing your injuries. Likewise, if you were struck by a Jet Ski while swimming off the side of your boat, the Jet Ski rider is likely to have at least some liability.

Once we have determined the cause of your accident, we will go to work in getting you the compensation you deserve. In many cases, this means negotiating with stubborn insurance companies looking to minimize their payouts. We know the tactic and tricks that insurers will often use to escape liability, and we know how to counter them. Our lawyers will continue to advocate on your behalf, both at the negotiation table and at trial, if necessary, to ensure that your rights and bests interests are fully protected.

Let Us Help You

For more information about our firm and our client-focused approach to boating and watercraft accidents in North Carolina, contact us today. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. Our lawyers serve injured victims in Raleigh, Charlotte, Smithfield, Johnston County, Wake County, Mecklenburg County, and the surrounding areas. Hablamos Español.

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