Serving Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, Harlan Law Firm specializes in personal injury law, specifically in the area of boating accidents.
Whether in Vancouver or Portland, a day on the water can be relaxing and fun. However, accidents can occur, turning a day of joy into a nightmare.
Consulting Statistics: A Sobering Reality
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2016, Oregon saw 85 reported boating accidents, including 19 fatalities. Washington was not far behind, with 106 reported boating accidents and 17 resultant fatalities in the same year. A review of these incidents revealed a disturbing trend: many victims were not wearing life jackets, and many lacked proper boating education.
Influence of Alcohol and Other Substances: A Risk Factor
Many boating accidents are a consequence of alcohol consumption and marijuana use. The Oregon State Marine Board reports that consuming just one alcoholic drink while on the water feels equivalent to consuming three on land. The sun, wind, noise, and movement inherent to boating can amplify the impairment effects, creating a dangerous environment. This is particularly concerning for someone operating a boat.
People, Damages, and the Law: The Tragic Consequences
When impaired or intoxicated, individuals are more likely to inhale water when they fall overboard. Those with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher can be charged with boating under the influence of intoxicants. Many people also suffer injuries from falling when boarding a boat or slipping off a dock.
Attorneys Ready to Serve: Your Legal Support in Vancouver, Washington
If you have been involved in a boating accident in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area that has resulted in injuries and damages, consult with the experienced attorneys at Harlan Law Firm. As top personal injury attorneys, we offer comprehensive legal representation for victims of boating accidents. Our Vancouver office is fully prepared to fight for your rights.
The Importance of Time: Act Now for Your Case
Remember that there is a limited time to file a personal injury claim after a boating accident, so don’t delay seeking the help you need. Whether you're from Battle Ground County or any other part of Vancouver, WA, our team of personal injury lawyers is ready to assist.
Navigating Insurance Companies: A Key Part of the Process
In many cases, dealing with the insurance company can be one of the most challenging aspects of a claim. Our lawyers are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies, working diligently to secure a fair settlement for our clients.
Harlan Law Firm: Your Advocate
With a strong track record of successful cases, our firm has earned a reputation for fighting for our client's rights. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that all our clients receive the justice they deserve. Contact us today for a consultation about your case, and let us provide the legal support you need in this difficult time.