Who is Liable in a Boating Accident?
With Tennessee reopening after the first wave of coronavirus pandemic, more people are taking advantage of the many lakes and other waterways around Nashville for boating. However, when a boating accident happens the victims are often left wondering who is responsible for their injuries? At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of legal professionals is here to help you determine who is liable after a boating accident. Call our office or contact us today to learn more about your legal options for compensation.
The most common liable party for a boat accident is the boat operator at the time of the crash. The boat operator has control over the vessel and is responsible for ensuring that all laws on the water are obeyed. They are also responsible for ensuring that safety protocols are adhered to while on the boat. Speeding, not paying attention, operating a vessel under the influence, and other negligent behaviors by boat operators cause many accidents every year.
If a boat accident is caused by an equipment failure or because the boat was not properly maintained, the owner of the vessel may be held responsible for any injuries that result from a crash. A boat owner has an obligation to keep their vessel in safe condition, especially if they are allowing passengers onboard or are taking the boat out onto the water where other vessels are present. Failure to do so can mean liability for any accidents that result.
Accidents that are caused by a defect in the vessel can lead to the boat manufacturer being held liable for any injuries. Design defects and manufacturing defects are the responsibility of the boat manufacturer, and any accidents that result from an accident caused by a defect may render the manufacturer strictly liable under Tennessee product liability law.
Boat Rental Companies
If the vessel involved in a boating accident was rented out by a company for use, the rental company may be liable for any damages. This is particularly true if the boat operator was an employee of the rental company, but even in situations where the boat operator and passengers were renters the rental company might still be held liable for any injuries caused by an accident.
Finally, the liability for a boating accident may rest with another passenger on the vessel if their negligent, reckless, or intentional actions caused a crash. This behavior can range from distracting or impeding the vessel operator’s ability to drive the boat to pushing someone overboard, or causing a fire on the vessel. Every boating accident is different, and an experienced boating accident attorney will be able to pinpoint where the liability lies in your crash.
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Have you or a loved one been injured in a Tennessee boating accident? If so, call or contact the Nashville boat accident attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free case consultation.