Skip to Content
Schedule Your Free Consultation 601-265-6869
Top
Boating Accidents Helping the injured people of Mississippi

Boating Accident Lawyers in Jackson

Serving Clients Across Mississippi

Few outdoor summer activities are quite as enjoyable as boating down one of Mississippi’s many beautiful rivers. Each year, more than 2.5 million people vacation, boat, and fish in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and many more Mississippi residents enjoy the historic Mississippi and other iconic rivers. While recreational and work-related boating are parts of everyday life for Mississippi natives and their families, it is also an unfortunate reality that boating accidents are a common occurrence as well.

Whether you or a loved one has been injured in a recreational or work-related boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the harms suffered. Talk to a Jackson boating accident lawyer at ‘MAGGIO LAW for a free consultation and find out what our firm can do to help you.

Call (601) 265-6869or fill out our online contact form to get started!

Boating Accidents by the Numbers

In the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 report on boating accidents, it was reported that 4,168 boating accidents injured 2,559 people and killed 613 others.

The leading causes of boating accidents were:

  • Collisions with recreational vessels (1,071 accidents)
  • Collisions with fixed objects (493 accidents)
  • Grounding (413 accidents)
  • Flooding/swamping (399 accidents)
  • Falls overboard (299 accidents)

What Causes Boat Accidents?

According to the Coast Guard’s report, operator inattention was cited as the most common cause of boating accidents, accounting for 546 of these incidents and causing 36 deaths and 296 injuries.

Other leading causes of boat accidents include:

  • Improper lookout
  • Inexperienced operator
  • Machinery failure
  • Speeding
  • Boating under the influence of alcohol
  • Wake/wave force
  • Adverse weather
  • Violation of navigation rules
  • Hazardous waters

Inexperienced Boaters Put Everyone on the Water at Risk

A lack of proper boating experience can contribute to unnecessary and avoidable boating accidents. Mississippi does not place many restrictions on operating a boat. The sole restriction on children under 12 years of age is that they must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older in order to operate the boat. In this way, boating laws are far less restrictive than the state’s driving laws, and this inexperience may contribute to accidents. However, Mississippi does also require boaters to take an education class, but even this requirement is waivable for older adults who are grandfathered in prior to this law’s enactment.

Common Boating Accident Injuries

Any type of boating accident, whether it involves another vessel, a fixed object, or a land mass, can cause severe injury to those involved. Depending on the type and severity of injuries, hospitalization, surgeries, or even long-term care may be necessary for recovery. In particularly tragic cases, boating accident injuries can be fatal.

boat crashed on the rocky shore of a lake

Some of the many types of boating accident injuries include:

Boating accident injuries can often be life-changing, requiring a person to essentially put their life on hold while they take time to recover. High medical expenses along with missing weeks or even months of work due to a boating accident injury can place an enormous financial stress on a person, all because another person acted in a negligent manner.

Boating Safety Tips

To reduce the risk of a boating accident, avoid drinking any alcohol while operating the boat, first and foremost. Common sense safety precautions should be followed as well, which include operating at a safe speed, avoiding overly crowded areas, and avoiding steering too close to safety buoys. It is also a wise idea to check weather reports before taking the boat out for the day. Beyond these commonsense basics, it also proves fruitful to take a boating safety and education course every few years. It never hurts to shore up safety knowledge, especially when these practices help save lives and prevent unnecessary injuries.

Our Jackson, MS Boat Accident Attorneys Can Offer Helpful Insight

If you or your loved ones have been injured because of a boat operator’s disregard for the safety of others, ‘MAGGIO LAW is here to help. If we take on your case, we can investigate to determine what caused your injuries and who should be held responsible. We can help you pursue financial compensation for your medical care, lost earnings, and other losses or expenses. Our goal will be to help you put your life back together.

For your free boating accident consultation, call (601) 265-6869!

it's how we are Recognized. Awards & professional affiliations

  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • AAJ
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Getting Results. It's What We Do.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy

IT’S WHAT WE SHARE.

THAT HELPS REAL PEOPLE LIKE YOU RECOVER
    "This is an amazing firm!!!"

    Friendly, responsive staff. Probably the best call your gonna make when you need some help!!

    - Matthew R.
    "Highly recommended!"

    An outstanding firm that will go above and beyond for its clients.

    - Jeffrey W.
    "Mike was amazing to work with."

    I live in Florida, but my accident was in Mississippi. It was great to find Mike who would represent me. A lot of people I called wouldn't, but Mike didn't say no.

    - Normay A.
    "I would highly recommend these guys for any personal injury case!"

    Everyone was very friendly and eager to help with my case.

    - Wesley R.
    "He made me feel like family not just an individual."

    Mike is extremely professional and keeps you very informed of everything going on in your case. He was recommended to me by an attorney from my hometown and now I know why.

    - Amy W.
    "This is a great firm. I personally recommend them!"

    I got professional service from Attorney ‘Maggio with no hesitation. Great Job!

    - Dorothy H.
    "Thanks you for all of your hard work and help."

    All of the team at 'Maggio Law were extremely professional and knowledgeable.

    - Mitch F.
    "I highly recommend Mr. Maggio and his team."

    Maggio Law has been a tremendous help with my recent car accident. We have had excellent communication throughout the entire process.

    - Sarah M.