Personal Injury Attorneys in Galveston
Life in our area offers plenty of opportunities for recreation and adventure, particularly on the water. Whether navigating Galveston bay or heading out into the gulf, boating and jet skiing is a major tourist attraction and a way of life for local residents. Unfortunately, inexperienced or just plain reckless boaters may underestimate the need for caution. As a result, boat and jet ski accidents are a common occurrence. When these types of accidents do happen, our Galveston personal injury lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates provide the aggressive legal representation needed to hold responsible parties accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover.
According to the state Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), there are nearly 600,000 recreational boaters in the state of Texas. Many of these eventually make their way to the island of Galveston, where there is an abundance of waterways to explore and enjoy.
While boater education is mandatory in Texas and personal watercraft such as jet skis are regulated, there are still those who take unnecessary risks. Whether due to careless operation, improper maintenance, or failing to follow established safety guidelines, boating and jet ski accidents and injuries occur on a regular basis.
The TPWD reports roughly 200 boating accidents occur each year, while hundreds of people suffer injuries while jet skiing, which can range from relatively minor to severe and life threatening. In addition to the potential for fatal drownings, common types of injuries that occur due to boat and jet ski accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains, strains, and tears;
- Serious cuts and lacerations, resulting in wounds that run the risk of getting infected;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and neck injuries, including whiplash and fractured vertebrae;
- Spinal cord injuries, resulting in partial or complete paralysis;
- Non-fatal drowning, which can result in lasting harm to both the lungs, brain, and other body organs.
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When boat and jet ski accidents occur, our Galveston personal injury lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates can assist you in holding those responsible accountable. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports that common causes of these accidents include:
- Operator inattention;
- Lack of experience;
- Improper lookout;
- Navigation errors;
- Excessive speed;
- Use of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
When you are injured in a boat or jet ski accident as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent actions, our Galveston personal injury lawyers can help you get compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer.
When boat and jet ski accidents leave you with serious injuries, our Galveston personal injury lawyers provide the aggressive legal representation you need to recover. Call or contact Scott M. Brown & Associates online today to request a consultation to see how we can help you.