Recreational boating can be incredibly enjoyable. In fact, it is not uncommon to see residents and visitors around the Charlotte area having fun while water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, or being towed behind a boat on an inflatable. Unfortunately, the careless or negligent actions of a boat owner or operator can lead to severe injuries. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help when you need a Charlotte water skiing and towing accident attorney. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Most common water skiing accidents and injuries
There are various activities that involve being towed behind a boat. The most common of these is water skiing, but for the purposes of this article, we must also consider wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and being pulled while inside of an inflatable.
Unfortunately, there are various ways that accidents can occur while waterskiing. First and foremost, inexperienced water-skiers are much more likely to be injured. However, the fault is not always on the water-skier. Boat drivers should maintain a steady course and a heading free of any dangers or obstacles for the skier. Boat operators should never drive the vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Some of the most common injuries that occur in a water skiing or other towing accident include:
- Severe sprains or strains
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Lacerations, particularly to the head and neck
- Severe traumatic brain injury
- Whiplash or spinal cord injuries
Who is liable in a water skiing accident?
Liability for a water skiing accident will be a major point of contention for any legal action related to the accident. Those involved in water skiing or other towing activities behind a boat are already engaging in an activity where there will likely be an assumption of risk.
However, an attorney will still help you establish liability for these incidents. This will occur much in the same way that liability is determined after a car accident. It is necessary to determine who caused the injury, whether the injury was reasonably avoidable, and whether there was any shared fault attributable to others involved. If there were any alcohol or drugs involved on the part of the boat operator or the person being pulled behind the boat, this information will be an important factor in attributing fault as well.
Some of the most common questions that need to be answered in these situations include:
- Did the boat operator steer into a hazard?
- Was the boat operating too fast for conditions?
- Was the skier acting unreasonably or reckless?
- Could the incident have been avoided through the use of reasonable care?
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury in an accident while being towed behind a boat, you may need to speak to an attorney immediately. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we are here to help if the negligent or careless actions of a boat owner or operator caused you harm. We will conduct a complete investigation into the incident in order to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- General household out-of-pocket expenses caused by the incident
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party