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Legal protections are available for boat accident victims

Individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another individual in a boating accident have legal protections to consider to help them through the struggles and damages they will likely face following a boating or jet ski accident. Unfortunately, the majority of boat accidents involve boating under the influence of alcohol.

When the operator of a boat has negligently injured victims boating under the influence of alcohol, they may be liable to compensate victims for their past, present and future damages. Damages can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. If the operator of the boat was cited for boating under the influence, or BUI, this can be used as evidence of negligence in a claim for damages brought by the victim.

As is true of most traumatic accidents, such as car accidents, pedestrian accidents or boat accidents, insurance companies are commonly involved in the process of compensating the victim for their physical, financial and emotional damages. It is important, however, for victims to ensure that any damages settlement is fair and complete and that if it is not, they consider all their legal options.

A boat accident can unexpectedly end a day of fun and turn it into a nightmare for boat accident victims as they face a long road to recovery ahead which can include medical care and expenses; time away from work and lost wages; and emotional challenges as a result of the accident and the harm it caused. As a result, it is important for boat accident victims to be familiar with the personal injury legal process and the option of making a claim for the damages they have suffered.

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