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Were You Injured in a Texas Boat Accident?

Contact Our Houston Boat Accident Lawyer About Your Potential Claim

Recreational boating is a common hobby in Texas. Unfortunately, there are many ways you could suffer harm while boating. Reckless operators, alcohol and defective products are all factors that can contribute to a boating death or injury. Each year, boat accidents occur along the Gulf and in the various bodies of freshwater found throughout our state. If you or a loved one suffered harm during a boating accident, then you may have options to recover compensation that can cover your damages. Our Houston boat accident lawyer can help you look at your potential options.

The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC is a Houston personal injury law firm with experience handling boat accident cases. We can help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim under Texas state law.

Causes of Boating Accidents in Texas

Boat accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Statistics published by the U.S. Coast Guard show several common causes that include:

  •     Operator error
  •     Alcohol or drug use
  •     Speeding or dangerous operation
  •     Improper lookout
  •     Mechanical failure
  •     Force of wake/waves
  •     Poor weather
  •     Navigation errors

Injuries caused by a boat accident may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, broken bones and burns. Collisions, fires and drownings may contribute to these injuries.

Who Can File a Boat Accident Lawsuit in Texas?

Lawsuits involving boat accidents fall under Texas personal injury law. You may be able to file a lawsuit if you can prove that another party’s negligence or intent caused your injury or loss. However, there are additional rules for filing a claim in our state.

You must be within the Texas statute of limitations. In our state, you generally have two years from the date of the injury or death to file your claim. The statute of limitations may differ if your case involves a government entity.

In some cases, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations. You should speak with our Houston boat accident lawyer if you have any questions about how the statute of limitations applies to your case.

Only certain people can pursue a wrongful death claim for a fatal boat accident. The surviving spouse, parents or children of the deceased person may be able to recover compensation. Legally adopted children and surviving parents of adopted children may also be eligible.

Do I Need a Houston Boat Accident Lawyer?

You must show, through evidence, that the defendant’s wrongful actions led to your damages. Without an attorney, this can be a difficult prospect. It would be especially difficult if the defendant in the case had access to extensive legal or financial resources.

Evidence can also disappear shortly after a boat accident. An attorney can help preserve evidence that may become crucial for securing a settlement or verdict. Your attorney may obtain the following evidence:

  • Medical records. Medical records help determine the extent of your injuries and potential for recovery.
  • Forensic evidence. Material evidence may be collected at the scene of an accident. This type of evidence may assist accident reconstruction efforts during your case.
  • Communications. Emails and other types of digital communications may factor into your case. For instance, if the defendant posted photos of themselves drinking right before the accident on social media, this could be useful evidence for strengthening the merits of your claim.
  • Witness testimony. Witnesses of the accident may provide testimony on what occurred before, during and after the accident. Medical experts may also testify on your behalf about the extent of your injuries and potential for recovery.

This is not an exhaustive list of evidence that could factor into your claim. It is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect evidence that may become crucial for recovering compensation.

Compensation From a Boat Accident in Texas

Boat accidents can inflict extensive costs on you and your family. Serious injuries, such as a spinal cord injury, could lead to millions of dollars in medical costs and lost income. Fortunately, you can obtain compensation to cover these costs through a successful settlement or jury verdict.

Boat accident compensation may cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost income (including future earning potential)
  • Home modifications
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Counseling and transportation

What compensation covers depends on the circumstances unique to your case. Our Houston boat accident lawyer can answer any questions you have about what compensation from a lawsuit could cover.

About Our Houston Boat Accident Lawyer

The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC can help you determine whether you have options to file a lawsuit after a boat accident. We have experience with commercial maritime accident cases as well. You may contact us for a free consultation by dialing (832) 225-4902 or by using the contact form on our website.