Boating and Watercraft Accidents and Injuries

Offering Aggressive Litigation After a Boating or Watercraft Accident

The U.S. Coast Guard reports more than 4,600 boating accidents claimed 672 lives and injured 3,100 boaters in 2010. A total of 1,221 watercraft accidents were reported–and those accidents claimed 38 lives.

Missouri Boating Accident Attorney Ryan R. Cox understands the complexities of these cases. Such accidents are difficult or impossible to reconstruct. Drowning and alcohol use is frequently involved, and rental boats or watercrafts can further complicate a claim.

Watercraft accidents in Missouri and elsewhere are often linked to faulty or defective equipment, poor design, poorly maintained rental equipment, or equipment that is improperly rented to a novice user.

What to Do After an Accident

Missouri watercraft accidents on rented equipment occur for a number of reasons, but poorly maintained equipment and improper rentals are leading causes. Rental companies have an obligation to provide safe equipment and to issue rentals in a responsible manner. When they don’t, and a rider is injured or killed, a claim against the rental company or watercraft owner may be possible–even if a waiver of liability was signed.

The bottom line is thousands of Missourians hit the water each year for fun and relaxation. Most are safe and responsible boaters. But when a serious or fatal accident does occur, a St. Louis personal injury attorney or wrongful death lawyer should always be consulted to help ensure that your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one is involved in a Missouri watercraft accident or boating accident, please contact Attorney Ryan R. Cox to discuss your situation. We will personally meet with you, free of charge, either at one of our offices, at your home, or in the hospital.