Your Rights If You Were Injured in a Rental Boat Accident

Taking a boat out on the water is supposed to be a fun and relaxing adventure. Sometimes, however, a trip to the coast can take an unexpected turn. Boating can be extremely dangerous if proper safety measures are not followed. If you are injured in a boating accident caused by another person’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation.

If you’ve rented a boat or the other vessel belonged to a rental company, it can be challenging to prove liability. It is in your best interest to retain an attorney immediately after the incident to ensure you receive the recovery you deserve.

At Lattof & Lattof, we represent individuals who have been hurt and killed in boating accidents throughout Alabama. Our lawyers are well-versed in overcoming boating liability issues. Contact our office today at (251) 432-6691 to schedule a free consultation.  

What Happens If I Was Injured by a Rental Boat?

If you have ever rented a boat or ridden as a passenger on a rental boat, then you were likely asked to sign a waiver of liability before boarding. The waiver of liability usually states that you understand the risks involved with renting or riding in the boat and that you will not sue the company if you are subsequently injured.

While waivers of liability can make it more difficult to sue a rental boat company for damages, they do not automatically mean that your claim will be denied or dismissed. For instance, if the rental boat company failed to properly maintain the vessel (it was unseaworthy) or if they knowingly rented the boat to an intoxicated person they may be held liable. 

Regardless of the circumstances of your case, it is always in your best interest to speak directly with a maritime lawyer about your rental boat accident case. 

What Are Common Causes of Rental Boat Accidents?

Rental boat accidents can be caused by several factors. Many times, collisions on the water are the result of negligence or wrongdoing. 

Common causes of rental boat accidents include:

  • Inadequate safety gear (fire extinguishers, life jackets, etc.)
  • Improper maintenance (the vessel is not seaworthy)
  • Lack of training
  • Operator negligence or inattention
  • Boating under the influence
  • No lookout
  • Failure to provide safety instructions
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Mechanical failure or malfunction

It is not your responsibility to determine who or what was responsible for the boating accident that caused your injuries. An attorney can help conduct an independent investigation to determine who can be held liable for your damages.

Do I Need an Attorney?

If you are injured in a rental boat accident, you need to consult with an attorney. There may be one or more parties that can be held legally responsible for your injuries. However, without the help of a qualified attorney, you might end up settling your case for less than it is worth or for nothing at all.

Injured in a Rental Boat Accident? Contact Our Office.

Were you or a loved one injured in a rental boat accident? Contact our office at (251) 432-6691 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call today to discuss your rights directly with a member of our legal team.