Throughout the spring and summer months, many people turn to lakes and rivers for recreation and relief from the heat. Boating becomes a preferred source of leisure, which can obscure some of the dangers associated with the activity. Boats are motor vehicles, and as is true with cars, accidents that result from the negligent or reckless operation of a boat have the potential to cause serious injury to those who are affected. Accordingly, boaters should ensure that they comply with all relevant laws and regulations, including nautical speed limits.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a boating accident caused by a speeding pilot, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your pain and suffering. A Des Moines boat accident attorney from the law offices of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may be able to help. Contact us at (515) 225-2600 today to learn more about your legal rights.
Dangers Associated with Boating at Excessive Speeds
Depending upon weather, lighting, and other conditions, it may be difficult for boaters to be fully aware of the situation on the water in the best of circumstances. Operating a boat at excessive speed can further complicate matters, creating needless danger. The following are representative of the hazards that speeding boaters may create:
- Unexpected waves, causing other boats to flip
- Reducing the amount of time that a boater has to react to changes or the presence of swimmers and others in the water
- Requiring significantly extended distances to stop in order to prevent a crash
- Increased risk of losing passengers overboard in the event of a collision
Boating accidents can leave victims to cope with tremendous financial and emotional distress. Although nothing can undo the pain you have endured, a successful legal action can help you to obtain the resources you need to address your medical expenses and other concerns. Contact a Des Moines boat accident attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at (515) 225-2600.