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Who Can Be Held Liable in a Boating Accident?

If you were injured as a passenger aboard a pleasure boat, tour boat, ferry, or a similar type of vessel, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The question of liability will depend on what (or who) caused your boat accident. Many boat accidents occur because of:

  • Defective equipment
  • Improper safety equipment
  • Unsafe seating
  • A defective boat condition
  • Driver error

If your accident was caused by a boat driver’s negligence – for example, if they were operating the boat carelessly or driving under the influence – that driver should be held responsible. However, in other situations, maritime companies can be held responsible for defective boats or negligent safety standards. If the boat itself is defective in any way, fault may be traced back to the boat’s manufacturer, or the company that is responsible for the boat’s maintenance.

In the end, a thorough investigation of the boat accident is necessary in order to determine who can be held liable. Our experienced Roanoke boat accident attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman have experience fighting some of the biggest maritime companies in Virginia and North Carolina. We have the knowledge and the resources you need to secure fair compensation for your losses.

If you have been seriously injured in a boat accident, please contact Kalfus & Nachman today to schedule a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout the Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Portsmouth, and Hampton areas of Virginia.


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