Boating Accident

Kansas City Boating Accident Attorney

The state of Missouri is home to a great number of lakes, making it an ideal spot for boating enthusiasts. For Kansas City, in particular, Longview Lake, Lake Jacomo, Blue Springs Lake, and Kill Creek Park Marina are just some of the most popular destinations for boaters, among the many others that the Kansas City region offers.  Many Kansas City residents flock to Table Rock Lake or Lake of the Ozarks for time on the water during the warmer season.

Given the various boating spots in Kansas/Missouri and the popularity of boating as a hobby in the area, it is no surprise that many boating accidents occur in the region annually. While most time spent on the water does not result in any accident or injury, the fact remains that boating mishaps are always a possibility, and these could result in property damage, minor to severe injuries, or even death.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

As mentioned, boating accidents happen rarely but consistently each year. The most common causes of boating mishaps are:

  • Bad weather: Lakes and boating parks are mostly regulated by their corresponding managing staff or regional authorities. These people ensure that the water and weather conditions are suitable for a day of boating. Despite this, of course, weather forecasts are subject to change and may not always be accurate. When bad weather conditions, such as strong winds, rains, or fog, happen while on the lake, these pose boating dangers that may result in boating accidents.
  • Human error: This includes errors in navigation and operation of the boat, boating under the influence of alcohol and other substances, driver inattention, among others. These acts of fault and negligence can cause dangerous collisions, and hence, remain the top cause of boating disasters in Missouri and other states.
  • Boat and equipment breakdown: This cause may be classified into two categories: human fault and fortuitous event. The first may appropriately fall under the previously mentioned cause, human error, because it is indeed the responsibility of the boat owner or operator to make sure that the boat is safe for usage before any boating trip. Nonetheless, boat and equipment breakdown may also be a fortuitous event or that which cannot have been anticipated by any person, despite his or her proper maintenance of the vessel.  In some cases, this will result in a product liability claim.

Common Injuries Resulting from Boating Accidents

Whether the cause is poor weather conditions, human error, equipment breakdown, or other causes not mentioned above, boating accidents can cause a variety of injuries needing serious medical assistance, in addition to the costly property damage. Common injuries include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Electrocution
  • Burns 
  • Unintentional drowning
  • Lacerations

If the boating accident is severe or if the injury is not attended to immediately, which is common because of the time required to transport an injured person or persons from the lake to the hospital, the worst-case scenario is the wrongful death of any of the people involved in the mishap. 

Boating Accident Attorney in Kansas City

Missouri’s Boating Laws and Regulations impose some rules and strict guidelines concerning operating restrictions, boating accidents, and boating accident liability claims. Thus, in the case of a boating accident, it is essential to have a legal expert help you understand these rules and ensure that these laws work to bring you justice.

Pospisil Swift is here to offer this kind of legal expertise. Pospisil Swift prides itself as always with years of experience and vast knowledge in the field of personal injury.  This kind of professional legal assistance is what you need to further your claim or case involving a boating accident in Kansas City or other areas throughout Kansas or Missouri.

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