West Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer


Recreational boating is enjoyed by many in West Virginia. Boating enables enthusiasts the opportunity to explore our nation’s waterways. Unfortunately, boating accidents are far too common in our state and throughout the U.S. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the following injuries were commonly reported in 2011 boating accidents:

If you were injured in a boating accident that was caused by another’s negligent or reckless conduct, contact a West Virginia boating accident attorney today to discuss your available legal options. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC and our team of accomplished personal injury attorneys have the experience and proven track record to help you recover compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and property damage.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

The U.S. Coast Guard reports the following contributing factors of boating accidents and casualties in 2011:

  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to ventilate
  • Improper lookout
  • Inadequate onboard navigation lights
  • Operator inattention
  • Restricted vision
  • Rules of the road restriction
  • Sharp turn
  • Starting in gear
  • Improper weight distribution
  • Overloading
  • Force of wave/wake
  • Equipment failure
  • Others

If you were harmed by a boat operator who lacked the required experienced, training, or knowledge to properly control and drive a boat, you may seek compensation for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one lost their life in a boating accident, the family members may seek compensation in a wrongful death claim. It is essential to have an experienced, aggressive West Virginia boating accident attorney on your side ready to fight for you.

Tiano O’Dell, PLLC and our legal team have earned the Distinguished Peer Review Rating as well as the Preeminent Client Review Rating. These coveted honors are a result of client dedication, continuous hard work, and devotion to the legal craft. These are the attributes a client wants in their personal injury attorney in West Virginia.

Contact a West Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Today

You may seek compensation for boat injuries that were caused by negligent conduct and/or irresponsible behavior. If the conduct of the responsible party was extreme, egregious or reckless, punitive damages may also be sought. This compensates the victim and also punishes the responsible parties for their reprehensible conduct. Furthermore, it sends a message to the community that this type of behavior will not be excused.

While most cases are settled out of court through negotiations with the insurance company and/or other responsible parties, if an acceptable settlement offer is not made, your personal injury attorney will take the case to court for a jury trial. At Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, our lawyers have earned the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers distinction. There are no fees unless we win your case. To schedule your complimentary case review, call our Charleston office at (304) 720-6700 or contact us online.

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