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Boating in Omaha

In 2021, the US Coastguard reported 4,439 boating accidents that included 658 deaths, 2641 injuries, and around 67.5 million dollars worth of damage. With stunning boating locations like Standing Bear Lake and Flanagan Lake, Omaha is not exempt from being a part of these statistics, and boating accidents do occur here.

Boating accidents can be extremely serious and can cause damage to both people and property. If you find yourself in a boating accident, you should call the Bottlinger Law L.L.C. team at (402) 505-8234to speak to an experienced boat accident lawyer.

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Common Types of Boating Accidents

The most common type of boating accident that causes injury is boat collisions. This can have a devastating effect on both the boat and the people on board and cause serious injuries. Boats can also run aground or hit hidden rocks, causing sudden damage, capsizing, and potentially harming those on board. If the boat is not operated correctly, this can also lead to system failures and create potentially dangerous situations.

There are several ways in which these types of accidents can occur. Often negligence is the cause. This can include ignoring boating safety regulations, not ensuring your boat is up to standard, or ignoring the on-the-water operation rules. Furthermore, accidents can be caused by a willful disregard for the rules. If this is found to have occurred, the operator can be charged with reckless operation. This is a common cause of boating accidents, and one that can be easily avoided.

One of the most dangerous causes of boating accidents is operating a boat while under the influence. Alcohol can seriously inhibit decision-making and coordination skills, and therefore operating a boat under the influence can be extremely dangerous.

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Nebraska Boating Rules

The state of Nebraska has implemented extremely strict boating regulations to prevent accidents out on the water. Those born after 1985 who wish to operate a boat must complete and pass a boating safety course that has been approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

On the completion of this course, a certificate will be issued, and this must be carried at all times while operating the boat. Those who operate a boat must do so with careful regard to the safety regulations. This includes boating standard codes, the number of people on board, and speed restrictions on the water.

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Liability for a Boating Accident

If a boating accident occurs, there will be an investigation as to who is liable for the incident. Ignoring the Nebraska boating regulations such as not completing the safety certificate and adhering to the age restrictions can render you liable for the accident.

Operating the boat with a disregard for the safety of others, whether that be via speeding, dangerous navigation, or not carrying the correct safety equipment can also make you liable for an accident. Driving the boat whilst under the influence of alcohol will also contribute to liability in an accident.

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What Should You Do if You Suffer an Injury?

If you find yourself injured in a boating accident, it is important that you immediately seek medical attention. This ensures that you can be properly checked out, and a medical professional can identify any injuries you may have not noticed.

It is then wise to contact an attorney. An attorney can help to deal with the insurance companies, collect evidence that indicates liability, and provide you with an airtight claim for your compensation.

At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our attorneys are experienced in dealing with all manner of injury claims. If you have been injured in a boating accident, call us today at (402) 505-8234 to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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