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Boating Accident? Suffered an Injury? Demand Dudley DeBosier

Injuries sustained in boating accidents are very common in Louisiana, due to the state's coastal land, inland navigable channels and bodies of water. If you're the victim of a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and the attorneys of Dudley DeBosier can help you carry out your claim.

If you’ve been hurt in a boating accident and are unsure about your next step, please fill out a free initial consultation form or call us at 866-897-8495. Our firm will give your claim a free consultation and will determine if we’re able to help.

Our boat accident lawyers also handle maritime claims for workers who were injured on-the-job. Learn more about maritime claims here.

How Can a Boat Accident Attorney Help?
When injured in a boating accident, the first thing you'll want to do is seek legal representation to start compiling evidence and assessing the value of your claim. In Louisiana, the typical statute of limitations on personal injury claims is one year, but we don’t recommend waiting that long.

Boating Accident Injury Lawyer Louisiana
The faster you act, the better we can assess all the considerations of your accident.

Here are some of the ways a boat accident lawyer can help you:

  • Compiling written statements from the involved parties and witnesses
  • Determining who is at fault for the injuries sustained
  • Dealing with insurance negotiations on your behalf
  • Photographing and recreating the scene to gather key insights
  • Helping to pay immediate medical bills and compiling medical records

The attorneys at Dudley DeBosier have the expertise to assist you through your entire claim and get you the compensation you are owed for personal injuries and other claims. With offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, we are able to help clients throughout Louisiana.

Types of Boating Accident Claims Handled by Our Attorneys

A boat operator may be deemed to have operated negligently under numerous circumstances that result in injury, including:
  • Hitting waves or wake at excessive speed or unnatural angles
  • Deciding to operate in dangerous weather
  • Operating at an excessive speed
  • Failing to have adequate safety equipment onboard
  • Operating a vessel with too many occupants
  • Making contact with other boats and vessels
  • Overcrowding and/or overloading the vessel
Boating Under the Influence
Under Louisiana state law, a DUI may be given to a boat operator who:
  • Is under 21 years old with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or above
  • Is 21 or older with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above
  • Is found to be under the influence of any other illicit substance
Any individual registering a blood or breath alcohol level over the legal limit may be subject to fines and jail time.
In Louisiana, boat owners found to have knowingly allowed someone else under the influence to operate their vessel are also responsible for any resulting injuries and damage.

Reckless and Careless Operation
As set by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the behavior of a boat operator falls under the category of "reckless operation" if they violate the state's official Rules of the Road.

This code lays out passing and right-of-way standards, as well as the state laws about boating in certain types of weather, excessive speeds, wake zones and around dive flags. Failure to follow these regulations may result in a citation for careless operation.

Jones Act and Longshore Claims
Our boat accident lawyers also handle maritime claims for workers who were injured on-the-job. Learn more about maritime claims here.

Jet Ski Accident Claims
Jet Ski Accident Injury Lawyer Louisiana
Jet ski injuries can be far more severe than larger boating accidents because of how the rider is exposed. Serious injuries occurred through operating a jet ski are sometimes the fault of the operator, but can also be due to faulty rental equipment. If this applies to you, the boat accident attorneys at Dudley DeBosier can help discern which party is at fault for injuries sustained through a personal watercraft accident, and whether or not a claim can be brought against the manufacturer and/or the renter of the vehicle.

How Can I Be Compensated for a Boating Injury?
Victims of boating accidents may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Dudley DeBosier can help you get your due compensation for the following reasons:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
A great boating accident attorney can assess the value of your personal injury claim, and make sure the guilty parties are held responsible. Call our office at 866-897-8495 or fill out the free initial consultation form below, and let us fight for you.
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