boating accidents

Boating accidents on Bloomington-area lakes such as Lake Monroe and Lake Lemon occur because of the same negligence and recklessness that contribute to car accidents. Boats are motorized vehicles that have the added hazard of being on the water.

Many boating accidents are caused by falling overboard and drowning or suffering a near-drowning or hypothermia, a dangerous loss of body temperature from being in the water for an extended amount of time. Boating injuries also happen when passengers fall onboard a boat, such as in a collision, or suffer burns caused by fires or explosions on watercraft. Too often, alcohol impairment plays a role in boating accidents.

If you have been involved in a recreational boating accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact the Lloyd Law Office in Bloomington to speak to an experienced Indiana injury attorney about your legal options in a free initial consultation.

If we believe we can help with your claim, we’ll explain how. If we can’t, we’ll be candid. It won’t cost you anything to talk to us and explore your legal options.

Top 10 Causes of Recreational Boating Accidents

The U.S. Coast Guard says the top 10 primary contributing factors in boating accidents are:

  • Operator inattention.
  • Improper lookout.
  • Operator inexperience.
  • Excessive speed.
  • Machinery failure.
  • Alcohol use.
  • Navigation rules violation.
  • Force of wave or wake.
  • Hazardous waters.
  • Weather.

By far, most accidents are collisions with other recreational vessels, which include boats of all types as well as personal watercraft (i.e., Jet Skis, Wave Runners, Sea Doos, etc.) and stand-up paddleboards. Other types of boating accidents include collisions with fixed objects, flooding or swamping of the vessel, grounding the vessel and skier accidents.

Alcohol use is the leading identifiable contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, the Coast Guard says.

Where cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims in 2013 drowned, according to the Coast Guard. In cases for which life jacket usage could be determined, 84 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Many of the typical contributing factors in boating accidents are the result of operator negligence. Other accidents are due to failure of the boat’s operating components or equipment.

The Lloyd Law Office investigates boating accidents in Indiana on behalf of injured victims to determine how they were caused and who should be held liable. We help deserving clients pursue claims against negligent boat operators or owners, or against those responsible for faulty or poorly maintained boating equipment in third-party claims.

Contact Our Bloomington Boating Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved has been injured in a recreational boating accident, the Lloyd Law Office can help you determine whether you may be due compensation for your losses. In cases of others’ negligence or recklessness, we can help you pursue and obtain a proper insurance settlement.

Our attorneys assist families like yours, including many pleasure boaters who frequent recreational lakes such as Lake Monroe, Lake Lemon, Lake Patoka, and smaller bodies of water such as Hardy Lake in Bloomington. If you have suffered a boating injury, we are ready to investigate and assess the legal options available to you.

Contact the Lloyd Law Office today by phone or through our online contact form for a free and confidential initial consultation about your boating accident. Our initial consultations are always free. Our fee is based on the results we deliver. We do not charge a legal fee until we obtain money for you.