Texas Boating Accident Attorneys
When recreation goes wrong
Boating and water sports are part of Texas life. With more inland lakes, reservoirs, rivers and water area than any other state and 595,000 registered boats in Texas, boating injuries are bound to occur. The Texas Park & Wildlife Department (TPWD) reports an average of 250 boating accidents in Texas each year from 1997 through 2008.
Our Dallas law firm of Browning & Hernandez represents those injured in boat, personal watercraft (PWC) or other watercraft accidents in East Texas' thousands of waterways. Attorney Jim Browning understands his clients' passion for boating and watercraft, as he himself grew up operating motorboats and sailboats and currently resides on an East Texas lake. He and his experienced legal team investigate the cause of your or your loved one's injuries. If a boat operator is liable, we work to see the responsible party pays for the harm you have suffered from his or her negligence.
High probability for catastrophic outcome
People think that because they are not on the road, responsible operation of their watercraft is not as important as safe driving. The truth is that boating accidents are common and injuries can be severe. The very nature of boating lends itself to the dangerous consequence of injured parties landing in water, unable to keep themselves afloat.
Boat operators involved in watercraft accidents must file an accident report with the TPWD if the accident results in:
- Vessel damage totaling more than $500
- Injuries requiring medical treatment beyond first aid
Proving liability in boating accident and PWC accident cases
The most common boating accidents involve watercraft collisions, people falling overboard and vessels capsizing. These events typically occur due to the following examples of negligent boat operation:
By far, however, the most common circumstance surrounding these events is the presence of alcohol. Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is a criminal offense and is an example of negligent watercraft operation. Our law firm works to prove negligence on behalf of the operator and seeks to obtain rightful compensation for your or your loved one's medical costs and other injury-related expenses.
Contact Browning & Hernandez today
At any time you are injured or a loved one suffers a wrongful death, you have a reliable resource at Browning & Hernandez. Call 972.638.8143 or contact us online today to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your injury case.
Our principal office is located in Dallas, Texas. We are in the office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but we are truly available 24 hours per day.