Boating negligence in Pennsylvania

Boating is a very common summer activity in the state of Pennsylvania. With that in mind, it is important that individuals take reasonable precautions when operating their boats. This is because, like any other vehicle, boats can be very dangerous if they are not operated or cared for correctly. If a boat owner causes injuries or even death due to negligence, they can be held responsible as a result. It is because of this that injured people or loved ones of a deceased can pursue legal action. Keep reading and give Friedman Schuman a call today to speak with our dedicated personal injury attorneys. We are on your side.

What is boating negligence?

It is important to understand that the state of Pennsylvania requires that boat owners take care of their vehicle and operate it safely. This is to make sure that they are not only providing safety for themselves but others on the boat and on the water. In the event that they act negligently and someone gets injured as a result, they can be held responsible for another person’s suffering. Some ways a boat owner may be negligent can include the following:

  • If he or she is not an experienced boater
  • If he or she collides with another object because of inattentiveness, drowsiness, etc.
  • If he or she does not provide proper safety equipment on board and someone becomes injured as a result
  • If he or she operates the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If he or she causes an injury due to speeding

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of boating negligence, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need to heal and move forward.

How can I recover compensation?

If you would like to recover damages after getting injured in a boating accident, you will need to file a personal injury claim. This demands them to verify the boat owner was, in fact, negligent and that their behavior was the immediate cause of their suffering. Evidence that can be useful in doing so can involve photos or videos of the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injuries, and any potential witnesses’ statements. Recognize that if there was a death, the family of the individual can pursue legal action on their behalf through a wrongful death claim. If successful, compensation can be recovered for any consequential damages.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. Contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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