Am I eligible for compensation following a boating accident?

If you have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another party, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will assist you in recovering the compensation you require to heal. To learn the most common types of boating intelligence, the ways to discover if you are eligible for compensation, and the time period you will have to file your claim, continue reading.

What are the most common types of boating negligence?

You will need to prove that negligence caused your injuries if you plan to fight for financial compensation following a boating accident. The following are the most common types of boating negligence that lead to accidents and severe injuries:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Drowsiness
  • Speeding
  • Not being an experienced boater
  • Colliding with another object
  • Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to provide proper safety equipment onboard

Am I eligible for compensation following a boating accident?

You will first have to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney if you are seeking to recover financial compensation after an accident. It is best to reach out to an attorney who has specific experience handling boating accident claims. Your attorney will then work to prove that negligence caused your accident. They will use evidence to support this claim including photos of the scene, witness statements, and medical documentation. This is why it is important to try and obtain as much evidence as you can while you are still on the scene of your accident. While you wait for medical assistance, take photos of your injuries. Once you have been treated for your injuries, be sure to collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. It is also important to collect any contact information from witnesses that saw your accident happen.

What is the statute of limitations for boating accident claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years in Washington D.C. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. It is important to note that failure to file your claim within this time period can result in you being barred from suing. Reach out to our experienced personal injury lawyer today to begin this process as soon as possible. The sooner your file your claim, the better.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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