Boating Accidents FAQs

Q. What is considered a boat accident?

A. Boat accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Collisions
  • Capsizes
  • Disappearances
  • Explosions
  • Sinkings

Q. What is Admiralty Law?

A. Admiralty (or maritime) law refers to the group of laws that regulate how people and goods are transported over navigable waters.

Q. What happens if a boat accident occurs on navigable waters?

A. Boat accidents which occur on navigable waters with fall within maritime jurisdiction, and those laws will determine how any claims are dealt with.

Q. How long do I have to file a lawsuit based on an injury that resulted from a boating accident?

A. Under Louisiana law, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. Some longer period may apply, but to be safe, the claim should be filed within one year.

Q. Do I need to hire an attorney?

A. It's a good idea to hire an attorney to help establish who may be at fault and conduct a full investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding your case.

Q. Will my case settle?

A. Many cases settle out of court. Whether a case settles depends on the facts and circumstances of the case and the willingness of the parties to reach a resolution.

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