Boating Accidents in Louisiana
Water is abundant throughout the state of Louisiana, and its lakes, rivers and gulf areas have become a destination for many boating enthusiasts. Whether you work on a boat or simply enjoy boating for pleasure, bodies of water such as Caddo Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Cane River Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Henderson Lake, Lake Larto and False River make Louisiana a great state in which to live or visit.
When boating leads to accidents and injuries, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is here to help. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney from the firm regarding your case today.
LOUISIANA LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATERS
Louisiana law requires boaters to complete a boater education course before taking a vessel to the water. The law also prohibits any of the following dangerous activities:
BOATING ACCIDENT INJURIES AND LAWSUITS
After a boating incident, it can be difficult to know the best course of action, or where to turn for help. Understanding the steps to take after the accident occurs can help you to protect your right to compensation for your injuries, all accident-related expenses, as well as for pain and suffering.
The first thing you should do after a boating accident is determine whether you or anyone else aboard needs medical attention. If the vessel is no longer afloat or you have been thrown from the boat, use a life jacket or floating debris to stay afloat.
Once you are safe and have received medical care, contact the coast guard to let them know that an accident has occurred. Gather all of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any boat operators involved, passengers on any other boat involved, and eyewitnesses that may have observed the accident.
You must forward an incident report form to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) within five days of the accident. An attorney can assist you with taking the proper legal steps following a boating accident.
COMMERCIAL BOATING IN LOUISIANA – MARITIME LAW
Louisiana’s commercial port is one of the largest in the country, and home to a thriving fishing industry and many offshore drilling operations. Working on a commercial vessel carries many risks. The Jones Act is a significant piece of legislation for maritime workers. The Act officially codifies the protections of maritime workers and lays out their rights. Under the Act, maritime employees have the right to bring a lawsuit before federal and state courts and the right to pursue legal action against ship owners for negligence and unseaworthiness.
Work-related injuries among employees on commercial boats can be significant, and will require the assistance of an attorney that is skilled in maritime law. There are many unique laws that govern commercial boating activities in Louisiana and it is important that the attorney you hire has extensive experience handling commercial boating accidents.
OTHER BOATING ACCIDENTS TIPS AND FACTS
Safe boating is the result of applying boating education and training. It is important to utilize boating safety tips at all times in order to avoid needless injuries and deaths.
The American Boating Association reported 2,678 fatalities related to boating accidents in 2014
The fatality rate was 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vehicles in 2014
78% of known deaths related to boating accidents involved drowning
TIPS FOR REDUCING RISK WHILE BOATING
LEGAL HELP FOR YOUR BOAT ACCIDENT INJURIES
If you have sustained injuries in a boat accident, speak with an experienced boating accident attorney from Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. Our attorneys have the resources and experience needed to prepare an effective case strategy. Our legal team has a reputation across Louisiana for recovering high value settlements and verdicts, and we are ready to help you. Contact us today.