Nashville Boating Accident Attorneys -Tennessee Boating Injury Lawyers
David Randolph Smith
David Randolph Smith Edmund J. Schmidt III
Phone:(615) 742-1775
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Boating & Water Sports Accidents

Nashville Boating Accident Lawyer

Pursuing Full Compensation for Boating & Water Sport Injuries

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When looking for a Nashville or Tennessee boating accident attorney, you need an attorney who has:

  • Experience handling serious personal injury lawsuits.
  • A strong background in representing victims of boating accidents.
  • Won millions in damages for clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Boating is a pastime that thousands of Tennesseans participate in throughout the year. Occasionally, accidents can happen due to the negligence of others. If you have been in a boating accident in Nashville or Tennessee or Kentucky you need the proven skill and knowledge of the Nashville personal injury law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates with over 30 years of experience representing victims of boating accidents caused by another's negligence.

Tennessee had 269,361 registered vessels in 2009. The total number of reported accidents in 2009 was 158. The accident rate for 2009 was 58.7 per 100,000 registered vessels.The body of water that reported the most accidents was Ocoee River with 25 accidents.(resulting from whitewater activities)
The county that reported the most accidents was Polk County. The most common type of boat involved in an accident is an open motorboat. The leading type of accident was collision with another vessel. The most common operation during an accident was cruising. The leading primary cause of accidents was hazardous waters(whitewater activities) followed by alcohol use. Alcohol and/or drug use was a primary cause in 9.5% of accidents.

The causes of boating accidents vary greatly. The most common type of accident involving open motorboats is collision with another vessel, followed by accidents involving skier mishaps, and falls overboard.The leading causes of accidents with both open motorboats and personal water craft are:

* Operator inattention

* Operator inexperience

* Speeding

* Alcohol

Your accident injuries, if they are the fault of another person's negligence, or faulty equipment, may entitle you to compensation for those injuries. The Nashville boat accident attorneys at David Randolph Smith & Associates have represented numerous clients who were seriously injured while boating, fishing or using a personal watercraft and have won millions of dollars in settlements for these clients. You will never have to pay any fees upfront and we only get paid if you are awarded monetary compensation.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact the Nashville personal injury firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates and set up a free case evaluation. If you can't come to our offices, we will meet you where it is convenient.

We have close working relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement and officials and investigators. If you you are seeking a Nashville, Tennessee boating or water sports injury attorney, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

    Boating Acidents: Frequently Asked Questions

    What constitutes a boating accident?

    A boating accident centers on injuries or accidents involving a boat or ship. One example of a ship or boating accident would involve injuries sustained as the result of a jet ski accident. Another example of a boating accident would involve the reckless driving of a motorboat or other aquatic vehicle. According to the United States Coast Guard, a boating accident occurs when one of the following scenarios transpires:A person on a boat dies or becomes injured beyond the help of first aid. A person on a boat disappears and death or injury is suspected. A vessel causes or sustains damage.

    What do I do after a ship or boating accident?

    You are required to report the accident to the police or to coastal authorities if you are involved in a ship or boating accident and the monetary damage to the vessel appears to be $500 or more. After reporting the accident, it is advisable that you speak with a boating accident attorney at our firm to learn about your legal entitlements.

    When must a boating accident report be filed?

    A causality or accident report must be submitted to the reporting authority if any of the following occurs:

    • A person dies
    • A person disappears under circumstances that indicate death or injury
    • A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid
    • Damage to the vessel and property is greater than $500
    • Complete loss of vessel

    What types of boats are typically involved in watercraft accidents?

    Typically, powerboats such as runabouts or cabin cruisers are involved. However, another frequent source of watercraft accidents involves personal watercraft also known as "jet skis." Sailboats are less frequently involved.

    What types of injuries occur in watercraft accidents?

    The most frequent sources of injuries are propeller injuries and collisions. Because personal watercraft or jet skis cannot be steered when the throttle is released, inexperienced drivers often have a collision when confronted with an emergency. Death can occur either from a collision or from a person falling over the side and drowning.

    What are the common causes of boating injuries and fatalities?

    Carelessness or reckless operation or inexperience of the boat operator, such as excessive speed or failing to keep a proper lookout, alcohol consumption by the operator of the boat and weather can result in capsizing, falls overboard and collision with another vessel. Restricted vision, hazardous waters, equipment failure or engine failure can also play a part.

    Can the driver of a boat who acts in an irresponsible unsafe manner be held liable for causing an accident?

    Yes, boating rules require safe operation of a boat and prescribe how boats should pass one another and the use of proper safety equipment. If a driver violates these rules, they may be held liable for any injuries or death that results.

    What is the Statute of Limitations for boating accidents?

    This depends upon where the accident occurred and whether it is subject to Federal Maritime law or state laws. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that any Statute of Limitations does not expire and prevent a recovery.

    Should I contact an attorney if I have been injured in a boating accident?

    Yes. An attorney can quickly determine the facts and also preserve evidence that may be critical to determining why a watercraft accident occurred.

    A boating accident in Tennessee can mean that you are unable to work and support your family and may face years of rehabilitation. It is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable accident law firm representing you in your claim and against third parties. At David Randolph Smith & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee and Nashville accident lawyers have been representing those injured in boating and jet ski accidents for over 30 years. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Tennessee including, but not limited to, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Gallatin, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-394-2119, or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Tennessee, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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