Philadelphia Boating Accident Lawyers
Maritime accidents occur in or around a body of water and can involve pleasure boats, motorboats, sailboats, crabbing vessels, fishing boats, ferries, sightseeing boats, towboats, tugboats, party boats, cruise ships, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, tubing, white water rafting, water ski’s, or parasailing, in addition to others. When safety protocol is ignored, boating passengers can be severely injured while at sea or on the water—when that happens, injury victims turn to our Philadelphia boating accident attorneys at The Beasley Firm.
Several lawyers at are firm are avid and passionate boaters with more than 60 years of sailing and motor boating experience. We understand what can go wrong in these cases and who to hold accountable when an unfortunate boating disaster strikes victims and their families, leaving them with bills to pay and nobody to turn to. Our firm makes sure that our clients’ injuries, medical expenses, emotional trauma, and suffering is addressed in court and compensated for.
Since 1958, we have been the most effective lawyers in Philadelphia:
- More than $2 billion for our clients in 55+ years
- More than 300 results larger than $1 million
- The largest personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania
- More million-dollar verdicts than any firm in the region
We understand boating accidents on a deeply practical and legal level—call (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation to learn if you have a case and how The Beasley Firm can help you.
Our Experience with Boating Accidents
On July 7, 2010, the amphibious sightseeing tour boat, Ride the Ducks, experienced mechanical difficulty while on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The master / captain had smelled smoke and turned the engine off. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of the boat attempted to send a distress signal to a barge that was headed straight into the path of the Duck Boat, but it went unaddressed.
In a frantic attempt to alert the approaching barge, the captain of the Duck Boat tried to send an air horn alert, but that also failed. The barge collided with the sightseeing boat, plunging all of the passengers into the water, killing two Hungarian students. Our Philadelphia boating accident lawyers were retained to represent many of those passengers that were victims of that fatal incident.
Catastrophic injuries or death in or around the water can occur due to several different reasons. Many times, boating accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and deaths are caused by inexperienced, unlicensed, intoxicated, or impaired vessel operators. Alcohol, certain medications, or recreational drugs can cause slower reflexes, bad or impaired judgment, erratic driving, and other issues. Bad weather, poor visibility, or operating a boat where it should not be can also cause boating accidents. Our experience with these accidents helps our Philadelphia boating accident lawyers understand what caused your injuries and who is responsible.
Any type of maritime, water-related accident, or boating accident can cause:
- Lacerations or cuts
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Physical and psychological trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Drowning and death
In addition, there could also be product defects, malfunctions, or improper maintenance of sails, propellers, anchors, failure to maintain a proper look out, seat defects, roll bar defects, damaged navigation equipment, communication equipment, ineffective drains, power failures, and improperly treated swim platforms, ladders, stairways or boat floors with an appropriate non-skid surface. Many times, there is improper ventilation of the engine and vessel fuel systems leading to fire and explosions.
Since 1958, the experienced Philadelphia boating accident lawyers of the legendary Beasley Law Firm have aggressively represented individuals injured and family members of those killed in or around a body of water. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.
Call our award-winning Philadelphia boating accident attorneys at (215) 866-2424 or contact us online to share your situation with us in a free, no-obligation consultation.