Texas Boating Accident Lawyers
The blazing Texas sun draws many people to cool off with friends and family at the more than 7,000 lakes across the Lone Star State and the Gulf of Mexico. However, a fun day on the water can easily turn dangerous. In fact, boating accidents in Texas are at a 30-year high, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The agency also reported that fatalities were up 45% and overall injuries from boating accidents have increased 64% since 2019.
If you have been hurt or a loved one has passed away because of a boating accident, our team of Texas boating accident attorneys at The Button Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve and protect others from getting hurt while enjoying Texas waterways.
Causes of Boat Accidents in Texas
Texas has relaxed boating laws on licensing and experience necessary, making it easy for anyone—with or without experience—to operate a boat. Did you know Texans who are born before Sept. 1, 1993, are not required to complete any education courses, trainings, or obtain a license before operating a boat? Also, a 13-year-old is allowed to operate a vessel of more than 15 horsepower, if they pass a boater education course. Once you learn these facts, it is easy to understand why boating accidents happen.
In addition to operator inexperience, most boating accidents are caused by:
- Alcohol or drug use while operating the watercraft (Known as boating under the influence)
- Boat collisions or flips
- Distracted operation
- Falls aboard a watercraft
- Fires and explosions on board
- Improper equipment maintenance
- Operating a boat in unsafe weather conditions or during nighttime hours
Whether you are at Lake Lewisville, Cedar Creek Lake, Lake Conroe, Lake Travis, Galveston, South Padre Island, or enjoying other bodies of water around Texas, accidents can occur on any type of watercraft. The most common vessels involved in accidents on the water are:
- Cabin cruisers
- Fishing boats
- Jet skis
- Open motorboats
- Popular boat tours and dinner cruises
- Runabouts, bowriders, or deck boats
- Speed boats
- Wakesurf, wakeboard, and water ski boats
Injuries Caused by Boating Accidents in Texas
Sadly, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced that boating accident fatalities have increased 45% and overall injuries from boating accidents are up 64% since 2019. The state agency cited drowning as the most common cause of boating-related deaths.
Other types of injuries that you or a loved one may experience from boating accidents include:
- Amputated limbs
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Deep and serious cuts
- Mental anguish
- Spinal cord injuries that can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia
Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You with Your Boating Accident Claim
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
Those who were injured or have family members who were injured or killed following a boating or watercraft accident have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our team of experts today and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
Who do you represent?
We are ready to fight for individuals who have been hurt or the family members of a loved one who passed away because of a boating or watercraft accident in Texas. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
It is easy. Simply contact our team by calling 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form and we can determine the best way to help you.
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to advocating for people harmed in a boating accident in Texas. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent boaters accountable. See what our past clients had to say about working with us to handle their legal matters.
How We Can Help You After a Boating Accident
After a boating accident in Texas, you may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Lost wages from your job while recovering from your injuries
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
In the instance that a loved one tragically passed away because of a boating accident, your family may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to passing away
- Other unexpected costly fees
Have You Been Injured in a Texas Boating Accident?
Boating accidents can be complicated. Our team of experienced attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family no matter where your boating accident occurred in Texas. We can review the evidence and guide you and your family on the best path forward. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you anywhere in the Lone Star State.
If you've been injured in a boat accident you should speak to an experienced personal attorney as soon as possible. You can contact us online or call our office directly at (214) 699-4409 to schedule your free consultation with our Texas legal team. We have been proudly helping personal injury victims and servicing clients throughout Dallas, and Midland.