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Vancouver Boat Accident Lawyers


Schauermann Thayer attorneysLocated on the north bank of the Columbia River, there is no shortage of lakes, creeks, and rivers in and around Vancouver, Washington. Waterway accidents can be just as damaging and complex as those on the highways.

At Schauermann Thayer, our personal injury attorneys are equipped to represent you and your family’s interests after a boating accident. Our attorneys also have experience handling accidents involving injury caused by other watercraft such as jet skis or Wave Runners. You can contact us today by filling out a contact form, or calling now (360) 695-4244 to schedule a free consultation.

Experienced Vancouver Boating Accident Lawyers

At Schauermann Thayer, our Vancouver boating accident lawyers have the experience and resources needed to tackle these complex cases.

Our experience in complex accident and insurance litigation has been instrumental in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for victims of boating accidents.

The attorneys in our firm understand that there are complexities associated with:

  • Maritime law — including federal and state rules governing navigable waterways;
  • What constitutes actionable negligence in a setting where the right of way might be less than clear;
  • Investigation of boating and jet ski collisions and other accidents, which often require recovery teams and specialized maritime knowledge and understanding;
  • Developing evidence of excessive speed or other types of recklessness; and/or
  • Issues of proper operator training, caution, and experience on the water often play into boating and watercraft personal injury cases.

Causes of Boating Accidents in Vancouver

Boat operators must educate themselves on all waterway rules and regulations. However, even when boating operators possess the appropriate credentials,boat accident licenses, and certificates, they can make grave errors that put themselves and others in danger.

There are many causes of boating accidents in Vancouver. Some of the most common include:

  • Poor weather conditions;
  • Reckless or inexperienced boat operators;
  • Alcohol use;
  • Mechanical problems with the boat; and/or
  • Fatigue

Any of these factors can contribute to an accident, and it is essential to be aware of them when you are out on the water.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, driver error and alcohol are two leading causes of boating accidents. Statistics show that these factors are responsible for nearly 75% of all boating accidents yearly.

Driver error includes speeding, careless or reckless operation, and failing to maintain a proper lookout. Alcohol use is also a major contributing factor in many accidents, as it can impair judgment and reaction time.

Seeking Damages After a Boating Accident in Vancouver

At Schauermann Thayer, we know boating injuries can be more complex than initially realized. That’s why we work with medical teams and experts to determine the full scope of your injuries and the damages you suffered. We do this so that you obtain maximum compensation after a boating accident.

Our Vancouver boating accident lawyers can help you collect a variety of both economic and non-economic damages after a boating accident, including:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of future earnings;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress; and/or
  • Property damages.

Passengers in Boating Accidents in Vancouver

If you were a passenger in a boating accident, you have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault operator. Our experienced and skilled Vancouver boat accident lawyers can take the legal burdens off your shoulders after a serious accident. This means you can focus your energy on rebuilding your life.

Contact Our Vancouver Boat Accident Attorneys Today

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident in Vancouver or anywhere in the state of Washington, you need to call a law firm immediately. Contact a Vancouver boat accident attorney from Schauermann Thayer today by filling out a contact form, or calling now (360) 695-4244 to schedule a free consultation.