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Causes of Fatal Boating Accidents

Causes of Fatal Boating AccidentsBoating should be enjoyable, but it can turn tragic if a fatal boat accident happens. If you lost a loved one in a boat crash, you should not wait to seek help from a Matthews wrongful death lawyer who can protect your rights.

Losing a loved one is never easy – especially if that loss was the direct result of someone else’s negligence. Unfortunately, accidents on the water sometimes turn fatal when boat operators and others behave in a reckless, careless, and unreasonable manner under the circumstances. When someone else’s negligence results in a loved one’s untimely death, surviving family members might be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault person or entity, seeking damages.


Although no amount of money could ever truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, it can bring about some sense of closure and justice. If you lost someone you love in a boating accident, the compassionate Matthews wrongful death lawyers at the Panchenko Law Firm are here to help. Our legal team will be able to investigate the cause of your loved one’s accident and can help you pursue wrongful death damages on behalf of your deceased loved one. Please speak with us today to find out more about how we can assist you with your Matthews wrongful death claim or lawsuit.


How Fatal Boating Accidents Occur


There are several ways that a fatal boating accident can happen while out on the water. In some instances, a boat operator might operate his or her watercraft in excess of the speed limit – or while intoxicated – causing a collision with another watercraft or with a stationary object in the water. At other times, the negligent boat operator might be operating the watercraft while distracted by a cell phone, tablet, or some other electronic device that diverts his or her attention away from the water.


The force of the impact might cause a person to suffer a fatal injury while on board, such as from a fall. The impact might also force the accident victim off the boat, causing him or her to strike something in the water and suffer a fatal injury.

Wrongful Death Damages


In a wrongful death case that involves a fatal boating accident, the burden of proof rests with the claimant. The legal elements of a wrongful death claim are much the same as in a regular personal injury case – except the claimant must prove that someone else’s negligence led to the accident victim’s untimely death.


Wrongful death damages can include payment of funeral and burial expenses, along with compensation for the decedent’s lost care, support, and household services. A knowledgeable Matthews wrongful death lawyer will pursue the compensation you need in the wrongful death claim you’re pursuing.

Talk with a Compassionate Matthews Wrongful Death Lawyer Today


If you lost a person you love in a fatal boating accident, the experienced legal team at the Panchenko Law Firm is ready to help. Our team will be able to determine your legal options and will work hard to favorably settle or litigate your claim.

For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Matthews wrongful death attorney, please call us today at (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for more information.

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