Oklahoma Boating Accidents
When people think of Oklahoma, they often think of wide-open spaces, cattle, and the oil industry. But lakes and rivers make up a large part of our outdoor recreation. In fact, major lakes in Oklahoma provide year-round opportunities for fishing, boating, and other water-sports. But when careless boaters and businesses put the public at jeopardy, serious or even fatal injuries can occur.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a boating or watercraft injury in Oklahoma, call Dodd & Henry today, and schedule an entirely free case evaluation with one of our skilled attorneys.
Types of Boating Accidents in Oklahoma
Boating collisions can be very serious. Examples of these may include:
- Capsizing accidents
- Accidental drownings
- Drunk or impaired boating crashes
- Falls overboard
- Injuries sustained on board
- Water skiing accidents and injuries
- Jet ski accidents and collisions
Common Boating Accident Injuries
For those who are hurt on the water, the injuries often include things like:
Head traumas – Falling overboard or stumbling on board can each lead to a person striking their head and being knocked unconscious. This can also lead to a drowning, even for a person who would otherwise be a very strong swimmer.
Propeller injuries – People the over the years have fallen victim to injuries where a careless boat operator left the engine running while people were diving from the rear of a boat or swimming near the stern. Propeller injuries can cause serious lacerations, open wounds, and even fatalities.
Child injuries – Perhaps the most terrible fact of boating accidents is that many of the victims are young people, including teens and small children. Parents often underestimate the dangers of being on the water and fail to use life vests or floatation devices. Likewise, children may not be able to appreciate certain dangers. Therefore, it is very important boat owners that provide services to families with small children to make their environment as safe as possible.
Crashes and collisions – When boaters fail to use proper caution or try to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they put the public at risk, often leading to devastating collisions on the water.
Explosions and fires – Careless boaters may fail to maintain their equipment, leading to onboard fires or explosions. Terrible burns and permanent disfigurement may result from these types of accidents.
How Dodd & Henry Can Help
No one can undo or change what has already happened. Once a person is permanently injured by someone else’s careless conduct, the damage is done. However, the skilled boating injury lawyers of Dodd & Henry are often able to help victims collect substantial monetary compensation to put them in a better place financially. This can help families recover lost income and pay medical bills. As well as, cover the cost of future medical needs that may arise as a result of their injuries. Without the help of a skilled trial lawyer, compensation is often impossible to recover or is far lower than what may be available.