Boating & Watercraft Accidents in Colorado

The process of seeking injury compensation and hiring a boating watercraft accident lawyer begins when you reach out to us regarding your watercraft accident in Colorado. After the accident, tell us a little bit about yourself, your accident, and your medical conditions from the accident and we’ll direct you from there. We’ll schedule a time for you to speak with one of our lawyers – free of charge. We can even travel to your home or visit you in the hospital if your injuries prevent you from making the trip to our office.

After your free case consultation on your watercraft accident relating to personal injury, we will diligently fight for your behalf. We’ll navigate the Colorado personal injury legal system and let you know when there are things you can do to strengthen your case as your attorney. Our firm will provide you your own boating accident personal injury lawyer and will take as much of the strain and process, so you don’t have to worry anymore.

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For boating accidents also known as watercraft accidents are a common occurrence in the throughout Colorado especially in lakes. The U.S. Coast Guard revealed the following statistics for 2021 (PDF here) reports:

  • In 2021, 602 people were killed in boating accidents nationwide
  • In 2021, there were 3,837 recreational boating injuries occurred in the U.S.
  • In 2021, there were 4,439 boating accidents nationwide
  • In 2021, there were 2,042 watercraft accidents from lakes, ponds, reservoirs, dams, gravel pits
  • Property damaged totaled approximately $46 million
  • Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents

We meet with you or your loved ones as soon as possible after your boating or watercraft accident in Denver Colorado. Our team will gather the evidence needed to build your case. The initial process usually involves your opening your insurance claims, evaluating and updating the damages you incurred, and fully exploring possible sources of compensation for your injuries. We can also assist you in finding medical or financial assistance and finding the best providers to fit your individual needs. If you are injured on the ocean in boating accident involving a watercraft, ships, hovercraft, surfing, water vessels or waterborne vessels, speak with our watercraft accident attorneys in Denver Colorado for a free consultation.

A major boating or watercraft accident injury in Denver Colorado can cost you a fortune in medical fees, lost wages, and property damage. It could also cause pain and suffering, as well as possible impairment. We’ll coordinate with your insurance company to help get you compensation for these economic, non-economic and punitive damages.

If the at-fault party’s or your own insurance company refuses to provide you with a proper settlement, we won’t hesitate to help you file a lawsuit against them. Our attorneys in Denver Colorado provide aggressive legal representation to help make sure you get the financial and medical reparation you deserve.

The final decision to settle in a boating or watercraft accident case is entirely the client’s decision. We understand that this can be a daunting decision. Our lawyers at Larson Larimer Schneider will discuss with you the fairness of the insurance company’s settlement offer and the potential risks and advantages of moving forward with a lawsuit. We will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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    Full Name
    Email Address
    Phone Number
    How Long Ago Did Your Boating & Watercraft Incident Occur?
    Who Owns The Water The Accident Incurred?
    Were You Injured In The Boat & Watercraft Accident?
    Were You Issued A Ticket?
    Description Of Boat & Watercraft Accident?
    You can help the attorneys evaluate your case by providing details about how the accident occurred, witnesses, resulting injuries, and diagnosis, etc
    What are the common causes of Boating and Watersport Accidents?

    Colorado lakes are getting more and more dangerous all the time. So many new people are moving to the state that the on the water traffic are more jammed up than it has ever been before. When you add to that the number of people who are texting or otherwise distracted while they operate the boat, your chances of getting into a boating accident in the Denver Colorado area are frighteningly high.

    Some of the most common causes of boating accidents we see in this area include:

    • Operator Inattention
    • Operator Inexperience
    • Improper Lookout
    • Machinery Failure
    • Excessive Speed
    • Alcohol Use
    Who Is liable for a Boating or Watercraft Accident?

    Liability for boating or watercraft accident injuries will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. There may be multiple potentially responsible parties, including:

    • Operator or Owner of a Boat if you were a Passenger
    • Operator or Owner of a Boat that hit yours
    • Manufacturer of the Boat in case of Machinery Failure
    • Manufacturer of Defective Floating Devices
    • Dock or Marina Owner
    • Any party that Negligently Contributed to your Injuries
    What to do after a Boating Accident?

    If you’ve been in a boating or watercraft accident, then you know how much of a shock to the system it can be. It’s always a good idea to know what you’ll do in case of a serious boat crash so you have it in your head before it happens. Believe it or not, there’s more to the process than hiring a personal injury lawyer right away!

    When serious injuries occur, follow these basic steps so your right to full compensation is protected (if you are able):

    • Check Yourself and Others for Injuries. Check on yourself, your passengers, and, if possible, on the occupants of other watercraft involved in the boating accident. Assess whether people are in pain, if they are bleeding, if they hit their heads or are unconscious, and if they are breathing. If you know CPR and someone needs it, now is the time to use those skills. Make sure that you are not hurt yourself before you try it, though.
    • Call 911 To Get Assistance. Make sure to call 911 so emergency medical attention can be administered to the injured at the scene. So they can get the local police and the U.S Coast Guard out there to help. In addition, make sure not-to-admit fault to the 911 dispatcher, since this can be used as evidence in your case.
    • Take Photos of the Damages. Get pictures of the damage to your boat, both inside and out, as well as photos of any injuries you or your passengers have suffered.
    • Police Correspondence. Do not-to-admit fault to the 911 dispatcher, authorities, EMT or first responders. If they ask, state you would like to decline to answer after speaking to a personal injury attorney.
    • Get Insurance Information. Get names, addresses, insurance information, and contact information from the other parties involved in the accident. This makes it easier for you and your insurance company to follow up with them later.
    • File a Boating Accident Report. Call the police or arrange to file a police report. If there are injuries or a watercraft cannot move, you will all need to get everyone on a lifejacket until the authorities arrive to assess and deal with the situation. Do not forget to file a report even if you all can leave, though. This is key to getting your damages covered.
    • Medical Evaluation. Ensure you have a full medical evaluation following the accident, our firm can help you through this process to get the correct specialist related to your injuries.
    • Hire a Personal Injury Attorney. Our firm can help you with the insurance companies involved. It’s always a good idea to contact a boating or watercraft accident attorney in Denver Colorado when you’ve been in a boat crash, even if you don’t think there’s much they can do for you. A personal injury lawyer will usually take on your case without upfront payment, so it doesn’t have to cost you. An boating accident lawyer can make the process of dealing with insurance, the courts - so much easier.
    What are the damages in a Boating Accident?

    As experienced trial lawyers, our approach is different. We approach cases differently than what you may find at other law firms. We strategize in case development so when the boating accident lawsuit is filed in the docket, it is presented professionally, with sound evidence. If the case cannot be settled outside of court (in most cases it will be), we move forward with a lawsuit to seek justice on your behalf.

    Your case will be thoroughly evaluated to determine the financial value of the specific damages including:

    • Economic Damages. For these types of damages they are losses include medical expenses, now and future, lost earning capacity, lost income from work, and all other costs associated with the bodily injuries. Economic damages may also include the cost to repair any property damaged in the collision.
    • Non-Economic Damages. For these types of damages they are the personal losses associated with the accident. Often times claims include pain and suffering, emotional distress, emotional anguish of living with impairments, and loss of quality of life.
    • Punitive Damages. These damages are intended to punish the person responsible for the accident for malice. Punitive damages are only paid when it can be established that the injury accident involved an act of malice, or willful and wanton conduct (a reckless disregard for the safety of others) or unfairly determined.