Boating Accidents


With its beautiful Gulf Coast, rivers and other inland waters, there is much recreational boating, commercial shipping and other maritime businesses in Mississippi. Unfortunately, where there is heavy boating, there is a heavy risk of accidents, injuries and deaths.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a boating or maritime accident, you can seek compensation through Mississippi’s personal injury laws and Mississippi’s wrongful death laws. Additionally, federal laws apply to maritime accidents that happen offshore and onshore that can allow one to recover for their damages.

It is important to work with an experienced lawyer when bringing a boating or maritime claim. Our firm is ready to help you. Contact us today. We can review your case and provide you with a free consultation.

Recreational Boating Accidents in Mississippi

Many accidents occur among recreational boaters that result from reckless or careless acts.

In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports that there were 4,515 recreational boating accidents that involved watercraft, including motor boats, pontoon boats, canoes and personal watercraft (Jet Skis and Sea-Doos).

While alcohol is a leading factor in these boating accidents, other common factors are:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Improper lookout
  • Machine failure
  • Excessive speed.

Many different types of accidents can occur, including:

  • Collision with another vessel or object
  • Striking a submerged object
  • Capsizing, sinking or flooding
  • Falls in the vessel or overboard from a vessel
  • Waterskiing
  • Getting struck by a vessel or propeller
  • Fires or explosions
  • Carbon monoxide exposure.

If you have been injured by a recreational boater, you have the right to pursue compensation. This includes individuals who were injured while operating a boat, passengers on a boat, swimmers or anglers.

Commercial Boating and Maritime Accidents

In many cases, a person injured on boat may have been working on a cargo ship, fishing vessel, cruise ship or other commercial vessel.

Maritime law regulates activities of seamen, longshoremen and other offshore and onshore workers, including those engaged in job-related activities on:

  • Cranes and derricks
  • Diving vessels (and engaged in diving / SCUBA activities)
  • Docks
  • Harbors
  • Marine cargo facilities
  • Oil rigs / Jackup rigs
  • Shipyards
  • Surveying platforms.

Compensation may be obtained for injured maritime workers and their families by turning to:

General Maritime Law
This law puts a duty on the owners and operators of vessels on U.S. waterways to ensure their vessels are “seaworthy,” fit for their intended use, staffed with a properly trained crew and have functioning equipment and proper safety procedures in place. If a ship wasn’t seaworthy at the time of an accident, the owner could be held liable and required to compensate the injured party, including paying “maintenance and cure” benefits for lost wages, living expenses and medical expenses.
Death on the High Seas Act
This provides compensation to surviving family members if a death occurs three or more miles off of the U.S. coast.
Jones Act
This provides compensation for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering if injuries occur on offshore vessels or oil rigs.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
This provides medical care and compensation for lost wages to employees who are disabled by injuries that occurred on navigable waters of the U.S. or areas adjacent to the water used for loading, unloading, repairing or building a vessel. Survivors may seek benefits in the case of a work-related death.

Get Help from a Mississippi Boating or Maritime Accident Lawyer

Boating accidents and maritime accidents can be complicated, especially when they involve commercial shipping operations. This is why it is crucial to seek help from a lawyer who understands the nuances of maritime law.

Contact Abdalla Law, PLLC, today for a free consultation. We can help you understand the options that are available to you and pursue the compensation you deserve.

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