Colorado Springs Boat Accident Attorney
Colorado is famed for its outdoor recreational opportunities. From spring to fall, Colorado residents put their boats of all shapes and sizes into the water and enjoy our state's natural attractions.
Unfortunately, as fun as it can be, boating also poses many dangers, and accidents happen more frequently than you might expect. There may be different causes of these accidents, but what they all have in common is a life-altering impact on the victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, speak to a Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer who will work to ensure that you are properly compensated.
According to statistics from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the state had more than 86,000 registered boating vessels in 2017. Although reporting of accidents can be problematic, CPW found that there were at least 20 injuries and 8 fatalities in 2017 alone. This does not include sailboats, which do not require registration; nor does it calculate the number of whitewater rafting incidents, which are exempt from having to be reported.
These figures are almost certainly on the low side, and they point to the very real danger of Colorado's outdoor recreation. While there are boating rules that are meant to protect Colorado boaters, they are not enforced the same way or as aggressively as road safety laws. This means that when you and your family head out on the water, it's important to do your utmost to follow safety regulations and watch out for bad operators.
Colorado offers residents and tourists the chance to raft, canoe, or kayak on our amazing rivers, including the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. Others prefer the thrill of water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing in our many lakes, such as the Soda or Grand County Lakes. If sailing is what you prefer, there's the Blue Mesa Reservoir. And for fishing enthusiasts, there are all kinds of hidden corners, including some in our beautiful state parks.
No matter what form of boating you prefer, there is always a risk when you head out on the water. One of the leading causes of boating accidents is operator intoxication. Speeding or recklessly operating a vessel is another common problem. Many accidents are caused by operator inattention or inexperience. Moreover, defective parts or safety equipment can also cause severe injuries or deaths.
The victims of these accidents often suffer serious and life-changing injuries. Typical boating injuries we see every year include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Drownings or near-drownings
The sad truth is that even when you take every foreseeable precaution, accidents still happen. Thankfully, when an injury or fatality occurs due to someone else's negligence, Colorado law protects victims and ensures they can be compensated.
The Colorado boat accident attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., have been fighting for the rights of victims for decades. We're committed to helping you and your family overcome the hardships of your accident, and that includes being properly compensated for all your medical bills, rehabilitation, missed time from work, and pain and suffering.
Our hardworking Colorado Springs lawyers are dedicated to building the best possible case on your behalf so you can concentrate on what's really important: making a full recovery. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.
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