Boating/Jet Ski Accidents

Connecticut’s beautiful inland waterways and coastlines make boating an enjoyable pastime. Whether you choose to kayak on one of the many serene lakes and rivers in Connecticut or to jet- ski across Long Island Sound, the potential for injury is present. If you or a family member suffer injury in a boating accident, it is important to contact legal counsel as soon as possible. This will ensure that the investigative reports are secured, evidence is preserved, and insurance claims are timely filed.

Types of Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can range from injuries sustained while traveling across rough waters, collisions with other boats or swimmers, hidden defects in boats or boat parts, and collisions with stationary objects.  Various issues with boating equipment can also cause injury. If you are the victim of a boating or jet ski accident, contact the Connecticut boating accident attorneys at the Kocian Law Group. We will investigate your claims and present your case for the maximum recovery possible.

Some boating accidents are the result of either underage boaters or intoxicated boaters. Allowing a child without the appropriate experience or instruction to operate a boat or jet- ski can result in death or serious injuries to passengers or other boats. Boaters who are intoxicated may lack the ability to gauge dangers correctly or respond appropriately in an emergency.  If you were injured by a child operating a boat unsafely or by an intoxicated boater, the experienced boating accident attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can assist to obtain the maximum recovery. We are boaters ourselves, and we understand the safety issues that can arise in a marine or lake environment.

Boating accidents can also occur on the boat launch.  Such accidents may involve crushing injuries or fall injuries while a boat is being prepared for launch or during the launch operation. Winches, trailers, and boat launches may conceal hidden defects or may be used improperly, causing injuries. Such cases often require expert analysis and proof and can benefit from an in-depth understanding of the boat launch and retrieval process. The attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can analyze a boat launch injury case to determine how to  obtain the highest possible compensation for the client.

Maximizing Your Compensation

If you work with or around boats and suffer injury on the job, the attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can aggressively seek compensation from any negligent parties.   Your claims may be governed under federal maritime laws, Connecticut state law, or principles of negligence. The Kocian Law Group can determine how to best present your claims to obtain a recovery that compensates you for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Connecticut requires a safe boating course of study before an operator is permitted to operate most marine vessels in Connecticut. Boats are also required to carry certain safety apparatus and equipment under both federal and state laws. Unfortunately, many boaters are not properly trained in safe boating operation or are ill-equipped to handle emergencies.  If you are injured as the result of careless boating operation or because a boater lacks mandatory safety equipment, contact the attorneys at the Kocian Law Group.