Rhode Island Accident Lawyer for Boating & Recreational Injuries
In Rhode Island, there is ample opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy boating and other recreational activities, which can be fun but also dangerous. Like cars and trucks, the high speeds achieved by boats can cause them to be instruments of serious injury and even death. However, boaters often take risks they may not have considered if they were behind the wheel of a car. At the Pawtucket law offices of Ray Pacia, we represent victims of boating and recreational injuries, working tirelessly to help our clients obtain fair compensation for their damages.
Factors Contributing to Boating Accidents in the Pawtucket Area
According to the Safety Division of the U.S. Coast Guard, there were over 4,500 boating accidents in 2011, which resulted in approximately 3,000 injuries and 700 deaths nationwide. Many of these accidents were attributed to boats being operated by inexperienced drivers and riders who had not received proper instruction before going out on the water. Other contributing factors to boating accidents include:
- Operators who are not paying attention
- Operating a boat or other watercraft while intoxicated (drunk boating)
- Boats not having a designated lookout
- Boats being driven too fast for conditions
- Machinery being defective or dangerous
Boats and other watercraft, such as jet skis, are considered recreational vehicles, and as a result, we do not always associate them with risk or consider the potential dangers of being on a boat in the open water. However, collisions with other boats, watercraft or people are often the cause of catastrophic or fatal injuries, including head injuries and spinal cord injuries. These accidents can be just as serious as an auto accident.
Other Types of Recreational Accidents & Injuries
The law office of Ray Pacia also represents clients who have sustained injuries while participating in other types of recreational activities, such as swimming, four-wheeling, dirt biking, hunting, skiing, skating and snowmobiling. A significant number of recreational injuries occur when operators of recreational vehicles and equipment fail to use proper care and follow accepted safety standards. Faulty equipment and improper supervision are also common causes of sports and recreational accidents.
Contact an Experienced Injury Lawyer in Rhode Island
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a boating or recreational accident in Rhode Island, please contact Raymond A. Pacia Attorney at Law, Ltd to schedule a free initial consultation and interview. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no legal fees until we win compensation on your behalf.