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Boating Accident Lawyer | Attorney
Boating accidents occur for a variety of reasons. If you are out and about on a lake in a boat, you often see many persons speeding away in their boats, at a rate of speed that is less than prudent. It not unusual to see boats speeding at unsafe rates in lakes amidst swimmers, other boaters, and other water sport enthusiasts. Unfortunately, this risky behavior can have dangerous, if not deadly, consequences.
Unsafe behavior arising from the use and operation of boats may result in:
· Capsizing Boats,
· Falls Overboard From Boats
· Boat Collisions
· Sinking/Flooding Boats
· Explosions on Boats
· Disappearance from Boats
· Fires on Boats
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident as a result of someone’s negligence, give a boating accident lawyer | attorney at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm, a call. We can help.
The boating accident attorneys & lawyers at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm have assisted persons injured in boating accidents recover fair compensation. The call and consultation are free. An attorney can assist you in seeking a recovery. You pay no attorney fees or legal costs unless the Law Firm makes a recovery on behalf of the injured person.
The Law on Boating Accidents and Filing Boating Accident Reports
You are required to file a Boating Accident Report (BAR) if you are the operator of a boat under certain circumstances. The Code of Federal Regulations 33 CFR 173.55 (2001) requires a BAR to be filed with the nearest state boating authority when any of the following occur through involvement with your vessel:
1.A person dies within 24 hours of the occurrence; or
2.Damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000 or more or there is a complete loss of any vessel; or
3.A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid, i.e. treatment at a medical facility or by a medical professional other than at the accident scene; or
4.A person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury.
5.A person disappears from the vessel.
If you experience a boating accident where one or more of these criteria have been met, you must file a BAR within 48 hours.
You have 10 days to file a BAR if the damage only involves the vessel and/or property. Be aware that these are the minimum requirements for federal regulation of BARs and each state may have stricter reporting requirements. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the boating laws of the state that you are boating in and maritime law if you are boating in navigable waters.
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