Yacht Accident Attorney

Riding in a yacht can be luxurious and fun, but it can also be dangerous. Although being on the open waters has a beautiful view, safety and security are always in jeopardy. Elements such as the amount of experience of Captain and crew, seaworthiness of the ship, maintenance upkeep, and unpredictability of the sea all play factors in the safety and security of the vessel.

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Most yacht accidents are actually preventable. The most common reasons for yacht accidents are usually that people underestimate what can happen while on a water vessel. Being an expert with land based vehicles does not offer much when trying to comprehend the nautical ways and laws for safety on water.

Common Causes for Yacht Accidents

  • Operation over the proper or posted speeds
  • Failure to maintain a lookout for guest activities like sunbathing or assistance with docking
  • Boating while intoxicated BUI
  • Failure to identify people in the water before starting a yacht
  • Waves and other water events that can cause harm
  • Collision with other water craft like boats or personal watercraft
  • Defective designs of the yacht or accessories
  • Defective construction or repair of the yacht
  • Overloading and overcrowding can be a cause for injuries or accident
  • Impact with a fixed object like a bridge, navigational aid or pier.
  • Navigating while in bad weather conditions

To limit yachting accidents Yacht education is vital. However, most states do not require any yachting learning or mandatory instructions that forbid people who are under a certain age to operate vessels of a certain length to take on the water. Many people behind the wheel of the yacht are unprepared and do not have specialized operating knowledge regarding characteristics of the vessel and what they will do when another yacht or any other vessel approaches them.

Teaching and education for safe yacht use that can limit yacht accidents or injuries is important. If more people were provided with and reviewed safety instructions and if the use of life jackets was mandatory less accidents may take place each year.

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It matters that you hire an experienced and skilled yacht accident injury attorney if you have been injured on a yacht.  We can help you or a loved one understand your legal rights and make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries.

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