Boating Accidents

When Water Recreation Turns Tragic, Harlan Can Help

Pursuing Personal Injury Claims For Boating Accidents

Going out on your boat for a fun-filled day is relaxing. When warmer weather comes around, you, your friends, and your family are looking forward to those days out in the sun while riding on the water. Unfortunately, the fun can come to a sudden halt when a boating accident occurs.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 85 boating accidents reported in Oregon in 2016, and 19 fatalities. Washington had 106 boating accidents reported and 17 fatalities resulted from crashes in 2016. The statistics indicated that many of the accident victims were not wearing life jackets, and many of the boaters didn’t have boating education.

Many of the boating accidents are caused by alcohol consumption and marijuana use. Consuming just one alcoholic drink on the water feels the same as consuming three while on the land, the Oregon State Marine Board reports. While vision and balance are worsened, riding in a boat in the sun with wind and noise along with movement will magnify the impairment.

If an individual is impaired or intoxicated, he or she is much more likely to inhale the water when they fall into the body of water. Individuals with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher can be charged with boating under the influence of intoxicants. Many people are injured by falling when boarding a boat or slipping off a dock.

If a boating accident in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area has left you with injuries and damages, consult with the experienced Harlan Law Firm, which provides personal injury representation after boating accidents. You only have a limited time to file a personal injury claim after a boating accident, so don’t delay getting the help that you need.

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Without having a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer fighting for you, you could end up owing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and losing thousands of dollars of income that your family needs to cover living expenses. As a dedicated Portland/Vancouver metro personal injury attorney, the Harlan Law Firm will provide caring, compassionate service while delivering the results that you and your family deserve.

Call the Harlan Law Firm today at (360) 735-8200 or fill out the evaluation request below! We have an experienced team of paralegals and other professionals working with a personal injury lawyer dedicated to delivering results for people like you – victims of the negligence of others.