For most people, an afternoon on the water is an opportunity to enjoy the weather or spend time with family. Unfortunately, some boating trips end in devastating accidents. If a boating incident resulted in your injuries, it is time to consider your legal options. A seasoned personal injury attorney might be able to help you recover compensation for your losses.

Contact a Buffalo boat accident lawyer to provide you with the legal support you need during a critical time. At Richmond Vona, we are here to listen, understand, and advocate on your behalf. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Common Boat Accident Injuries

Boats and other water vessels can travel at high speeds, and the injuries resulting from a collision can be devastating. The harm that can follow these boat accidents often ranges in severity depending on the circumstances of the event. Some boat passengers suffer an injury when the boat collides with a solid object or another vessel. Other injuries happen after falling overboard. Some of the common types of boating crash injuries include:

No matter the circumstances, you should not have to suffer the financial burden of someone else’s negligence on top of the physical pain you are facing. A skilled Buffalo boat collision attorney can help pursue compensation for your losses and hold the liable parties accountable.

How Boat Accidents Happen

There are various causes of boating-related incidents. Most of the time, these accidents occur due to operator error. This is true when it comes to collisions between two boats, as well as single-vessel accidents. These crashes could even happen due to the negligent actions of a boat passenger.

In other scenarios, boat accidents can occur due to a mechanical defect. Some vessels or their parts are dangerously defective, and can cause a watercraft to suddenly increase or decrease its speed, or stop working entirely. If an incident occurs due to a faulty mechanism, it may be possible to bring legal action against the manufacturer.

Statute of Limitations for Boating Collisions

Every civil claim filed in Buffalo has to comply with something known as the statute of limitations, which is the legal deadline that limits the amount of time a person has to pursue legal action. This deadline exists to prevent lengthy delays between an injury and the related lawsuit. In most cases, this timeframe is three years. That means a person injured in a Buffalo watercraft accident typically has three years to seek legal counsel and pursue action.

If an injury claim is filed after the deadline expires, it will likely be dismissed with prejudice, and any efforts to refile will be barred forever. Seeking legal guidance from an attorney you can trust will help ensure your claim is filed within the statute of limitations.

Contact a Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney for Help Pursuing Damages

Recovering compensation for your injuries is essential following any accident that occurs due to someone else’s careless behavior. From paying for your medical care to helping you address your pain, there are many ways a settlement could positively impact your life.

Let a trusted Buffalo boat accident lawyer stand by your side as you navigate the claims process and pursue what you need to heal both physically and mentally. Call Richmond Vona today for a confidential consultation.

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With over 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.
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John E. Richmond
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As one of New York’s top personal injury attorneys, John E. Richmond understands that clients come first. With over a decade of experience representing plaintiffs, he knows how to hold negligent corporations and big insurance companies liable.
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Keith R. Vona
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In his nearly 15 years in practice, Keith has been consistently recognized for his client service and record of results. He has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list four times (2013 to 2016), an honor reserved for the top up-and-coming attorneys.
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