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Causes of Injuries

A perfect afternoon on the lake can turn into a traumatic watercraft accident unfortunately at the drop of a hat. Watercraft accidents occur without warning nearly every day and can often cause life-threatening injuries. The causes of these injuries are what lead to potential recoveries on behalf of the victim. It is therefore important to consult with an experienced watercraft injury attorney prior to bringing any claim.

Causes of Watercraft Injuries

Watercraft accidents stem from a number of causes, many which unfortunately act together to lead to a collision or other accident. These causes include:

  • Watercraft operator inattention
  • Watercraft defective parts
  • Manufacturer error
  • Marketing error
  • Watercraft design flaw
  • Boating under the influence
  • Excessive speed
  • Inclement weather

Any of these causes have different individual recovery options that should be thoroughly discussed with an experienced watercraft accident and injury attorney. The negligence and inexperience of a watercraft driver is often the most common type of accident cause and is often substantiated by the recollection of witnesses to the accident. It is helpful to get a witness statement as soon as possible, since the longer you wait to bring a claim, the fuzzier memories become. Watercraft accident claims must be brought within a limitations period, which can be further discussed with a watercraft injury attorney. However, this is even more of a reason not to delay any further discussions.

Watercraft accidents may additionally be caused by a defect in the watercraft itself. In these instances, a thorough investigation must be initiated to examine the manufacturing process and any other incidents that could be related to your accident on the watercraft. The defect in the watercraft may be a singular defect, or may have been a prominent design flaw that affects all similar watercraft. A common defect continues to lead to explosions in watercraft which occur once the watercraft is turned on. It is important to carefully analyze the defect causing the watercraft injury to determine where the defect stemmed from.

Any causes of action which are based on a design or product defect must proceed with the close assistance of an experienced watercraft accident attorney. Each type of watercraft has a different design map and it is important to carefully trace the manufacturer and retailer for the watercraft to determine which party is liable for the injury. Watercraft accidents are each unique, and a watercraft accident attorney will carefully examine the facts of the case and all outside circumstances which may have had an impact on the accident.

Malley Law Firm | Houston Watercraft Accident Attorney

If you have been the victim of a watercraft injury, do not hesitate to contact experienced watercraft accident attorney Tony Malley. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients in bringing their claims against the proper party responsible for their watercraft injuries. The causes of injuries in watercraft accidents are often fairly simple to determine, although any witnesses to the accident must be interviewed shortly after the accident occurred to be able to accurately bring any claims against the responsible party. Contact our Texas offices today for your free initial consultation.


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