With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we will begin to see more and more boats out on the water. Naturally, people want to celebrate the nice weather, time off from work and enjoy life with their friends and families. However, with excessive water traffic comes an increase in boating accidents. This is why if you find yourself injured in a boating accident, you must be prepared to spot different signs of negligence that may have been the cause of your suffering. If you were involved in a boating accident, here are some questions you may have:

Are there different types of boating accidents?

There are certain boating accidents where nobody is at fault. For example, sudden rough waters, or otherwise severely stormy weather. It would be a little more difficult to prove another party’s negligence in this case. However, there are several ways in which a boat owner’s negligence could be to blame for your suffering. You should have a complete understanding of what constitutes negligence so you are better able to recover your compensation as soon as possible. Here are some ways in which a boat owner could behave negligently:

  • If the party is an experienced boater
  • If there is a lack of the necessary safety equipment onboard
  • If the party was speeding
  • If the party was boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • If the party collided with another boat or debris as a result of his or her negligence

How do I know if I am entitled to compensation?

In order to receive compensation, you must first prove the other party’s negligence. If you are able to prove their negligence beyond a reasonable doubt, then you should be entitled to financial compensation. One of the best ways to prove another party’s negligence is through photographic evidence. It may boost your chances of proving your claim exponentially if you can take pictures or record a video of the incident and its aftermath. You must also immediately contact a medical professional to receive any medical assistance you may need. After seeing a medical professional, it is your responsibility to hold on to any medical documentation you may receive, as this can also greatly increase your chances of proving the other party’s negligence.

Contact our Maryland firm

If you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident, it is important you get in touch with an experienced attorney today. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help cover your medical bills, in-home care, and more. 


The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.