Knoxville Boat Accident Lawyer

Boating accidents can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries. Boating accidents not only involve boats but different types of water craft such as jet skis, stand-up skis, towable floats and other types of flotation devices. Boating accidents can often occur as a result of someone else's reckless or negligent operation of a water craft. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of a boating accident, please call Baker Associates to find out more about your legal rights and options.

Boating Accident Statistics

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's state boating statistics, there were a total of 159 boating accidents in 2008 alone. The greatest number of boating accidents occurred on the Ocoee River (22 accidents). The monetary amount of damage resulting from boating accidents in 2008 was $1.4 million, which is an increase of $946,000 from the previous year.

The leading type of accident was collision with another vessel, and the leading contributing factor of accidents was operator inattention followed closely by hazardous waters. Alcohol or drug use was a contributing factor in 12.5 percent of the boating accidents, which was an increase from 2007. The top contributing cause for fatal accidents was alcohol use.

Twenty people died in the state in 2008 as a result of boating accidents. That number was up 17 from the previous year. The number of injury accidents in 2008 was 89 resulting in 116 injuries.

Boating Accident Liability

As is evident from these statistics, a majority of boating accidents in TN occurred as a result of negligence (such as operator inattentiveness) or the violation of law (operating a boat or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs). These actions give rise to liability.

Other actions that give rise to liability include an operator's failure to maintain the boat or watercraft properly. A manufacturer of a boat or watercraft may also be liable for a product defect that cause or contributed to the boating accident.

Holding Negligent Parties Responsible

If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a boating accident caused by the negligence of an operator or by a product defect, please know that you have a legal right to hold negligent parties responsible. To do this, you will want to consult a Sevierville personal injury attorney who has the skill and experience to investigate your case and determine who or what caused your serious injuries. The personal injury attorneys at Baker Associates can help make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, damages and loss. Call us today for a free consultation.

Schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers by calling us at (866) 853-2888.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
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Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Disclaimer: The boating injury, boating collision, accidental death, personal injury, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact an attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State.

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