Boating Accident Lawyers in Winnsboro, SC
All across the state, boating is a way of life for the people of South Carolina. From Lake Wateree near Winnsboro to the rivers and creeks near the coast, boating is enjoyed everyday by responsible boaters. While the past time is often practiced responsibly, boats carry significant risks. In the event of a boating accident, a Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyers from Strom Law Firm will be here to help.
In 2018, the Coast Guard counted 4,145 accidents in South Carolina, resulting in 633 deaths, 2,511 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property, all as a result of recreational boating accidents. Many of these accidents involved drivers who were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you or a loved one were involved in a boating accident or any other watercraft accident, the skilled and experienced Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyers at Strom Law Firm are available to assist you in recovering compensation. Call 803-252-4800 for a free consultation.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for Injuries Suffered in Boat Crashes?
Boaters are often found liable for the personal injury and deaths that come from boating accidents. Examples of when they can be held at fault include:
- The operator was inattentive due to his phone or others on the boat.
- The vessel had mechanical issues that the operator or owner ignored.
- The boater was intoxicated during the accident.
- The boater was moving too fast, causing the accident.
- Boaters who are inexperienced.
What Types of Injuries Result From Boat Accidents?
Boating accidents often cause serious personal injury and, often, death. According to the US Coast Guard reports South Carolina’s most common cause of death in a boat accident is drowning after being thrown overboard. Away from the coast, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources usually responds to accidents, and conducts investigations, involving catastrophic injury or death caused by a boating accident. There are many other significant injuries in a boat accident that a Winnsboro boater might suffer from as a result of a boating accident. These include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Child Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Spine injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Amputations and Lacerations
Types of Damages A Winnsboro Boat Might Recover If A Boating Injury Occurs
Compensation that might be recovered following injuries in a boat accident are similar to those recoverable after any other accident. Potential compensation, which a lawyer can help in recovering, includes reimbursement for:
- medical costs
- costs associated with a permanent disability
- pain and suffering
- lost wages and income
- loss of consortium
- loss of future earning capacity
Who is responsible for paying for the mistakes of a careless boat operator?
South Carolina does not require boat operators to carry insurance. In case of an accident, however, every Winnsboro boat operator or owner should certainly carry liability insurance.
If the injuries of a boating accident fall into a gap in your coverage, your own health insurance company might refuse to pay for your medical expenses
It can be beneficial to seek and retain an accident lawyer if you are hurt in a boating accident. A Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyer can help protect you from boat operators and large insurance companies intentionally avoiding the payment of claims.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyer, Following a Watercraft Accident?
Hiring the personal injury lawyers at Strom Law Firm will not cost you anything until we collect compensation for your injuries. Our firm generally operates on a contingency basis. This means that we only get paid if you get paid. After securing compensation on your behalf, we generally collect a set percentage of your settlement or judgment, which is set forth in a contract at the start of representation, as well as payment for any costs we may have extended during the case. Expenses pile up after a boating accident injury, and you do not need us adding to those expenses. To allow us to get to work for us as soon as possible, contact an attorney at our office today.
Contact a Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a boating accident or other watercraft accident, whether on Lake Murray or any of the waterways in the cities of Columbia, Chapin, or Winnsboro, or the counties of Richland, Fairfield, or Lexington or anywhere else across South Carolina, contact us.
Free Case Evaluations By Our Winnsboro Boating Accident Lawyers
We offer free case evaluations and we do not collect a fee unless we recover for you. Contact the experienced legal team at Strom Law Firm at 803-252-4800 or our website and learn if our Winnsboro boating accident lawyers are able to help you.