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Boating Accident Lawyer Houston

Boating Accident and Injury Cases:

Boating Accident Lawyer HoustonTexas Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Steve Ferrell handles Boating Accident and Injury cases.

Steve Ferrell is Double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.

The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. represents people who have been injured in a variety of boating accidents. The cases may involve drownings or serious injuries to the operator or passengers in the boat.  These cases could involve pleasure boats, private or commercial boats, deep sea or fresh water fishing boats, charter boats, dredging boats, ski boats, sailboats, jet skis, ferryboats, or cruise ships.  A number of these accidents happen on the Texas Gulf Coast, and, due to their location, a number of the lawsuits over these water activity related accidents are filed in Houston, Galveston or Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • Around 6,000 recreational boating accidents were recorded by the Coast Guard in that year, including more than 4,200 injuries and resulting in 681 fatalities.
  • Four hundred and ninety-eight (498) boaters drowned in 2001. According to the statistics, of the people who drowned during 2001, almost 80% weren’t wearing a life jacket. Affordable, easy to wear and literally a lifesaver, no one should set foot on deck without a life jacket in place. Another key risk factor when it comes to boating accidents is sailing during the fall or winter. During these seasons, there are fewer people on the water to help anyone in distress, as well as fewer patrol boats. In addition, poor weather and lower temperatures can make a rescue attempts difficult, increase the risk of a vessel capsizing and also reduce survival time in the water due to the increased risk of hypothermia. It is recommended that people who sail in winter (often hunters or fishermen) dress appropriately and wear a life jacket. Larger vessels should make sure they take advantage of GPS and other modern technology to let others know their location and request assistance if necessary.
  • More than eight in ten of the recorded accidents in 2001 took place on boats which measured less than 26′. The Coast Guard data indicates that there were 254 fatalities in vessels that measured between sixteen and twenty six feet, as well as 322 fatalities in boats which measured less than sixteen feet.
  • Alcohol involvement in fatal accidents accounted for thirty-four (34) percent of all boating fatalities – up eight (8) percent from 1999. Research has shown that people operating a boat are ten times more likely to be killed in an accident if they have an alcohol concentration in their blood above 10%, in comparison with sober operators.
  • Undertaking formal training in boat safety appears to really make a difference. Around 80% of the people involved in a boating accident had not completed a boat safety course.
  • When the causes of boating accidents were analysed, one of the most common factors was human error – responsible for around 70% of accidents. It’s crucial that sailors are appropriately trained and experienced, as well as demonstrating the need for everyone on board to concentrate on sailing safely. Failing to be wary of hazards, going too fast and simply not paying attention were all found to have resulted in accidents.
  • Around 60% of fatalities were categorized as “Capsizings” and “Falls Overboard”, accounting for 386 fatalities. 90% of the victims drowned. “Collision with Another Vessel” was the most reported type of accident. The damage caused to property due to these accidents is estimated at around nine million dollars. 1366 injuries were also sustained due to these incidents.
  • Younger people (both children and those between the ages of 40 to 49) were over-represented in the accident statistics, with 26 children under 12 and 137 boaters aged 40-49 losing their lives.
  • Three hundred and fifty-two (352) fatalities occurred with the use of open motorboats – this figure is slightly more than half of the total number of boating fatalities. In 2001 there were 101 fatalities where people were using a canoe or kayak. Approximately ninety-three (93) percent of canoe/kayak deaths were caused by drowning. There has been a decline in the number of Personal Watercraft fatalities compared with previous years. There were 50 fatalities in 2001, which is the smallest number recorded since 1993.
  • Open motorboats and PWC accounted for around 80% of injuries recorded – 46% of injuries involved an open motorboat and 34% involved a PWC. Deep cuts (lacerations) were recorded as the most common type of harm sustained when using an open motorboat. PWC were more at risk of bone fractures.

The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. is located in Houston, Texas, but we handle boating accidents throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, across Texas, and in other States.  If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact the Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation. We don’t charge a fee unless you make a recovery.  Call us today.