Boat Accident Lawyers
The Midwest is home to several large lakes, navigable streams, rivers, and other bodies of water that are among the nation’s most popular spots for boating, fishing, and other water activities. Although most days out on the water do not end in tragedy, water-related accidents have the propensity to cause severe injuries and death.
In 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,641 injuries, and approximately $67.5 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating or personal watercraft accidents. The types of accidents vary considerably and commonly involve various types of watercraft, including boats, jet skis, wakeboards, canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts. Most often, these accidents are caused by an operator’s inattention, inexperience, excessive speed, and commonly, alcohol consumption.
How We Can Help
The skilled attorneys at Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader P.C. investigate and identify each boating accident’s primary cause, create a compelling reconstruction, and engage the country’s top experts. Depending on the location of your boating accident, federal, state, and maritime laws may apply, each providing separate and distinct regulations.
As a result, building a claim to receive compensation can be a complicated process for injured victims and their families. Through decades of experience in litigation, we are adept at unwinding the applicable regulations and, ultimately, finding answers, accountability, and compensation for boaters, passengers, and bystanders injured or killed as a result of an accident on the water.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a watercraft accident, you need a law firm that is experienced in handling complex injury cases and achieving favorable results for their clients. Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader P.C. is that firm.
Premier Boating Accident Lawyers in Kansas City
For over forty years, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has been one of the country’s premier law firms representing people who have been catastrophically injured through the wrongful conduct of others.
Our team has a proven track record of success in representing victims of boating accidents and their families who have suffered harm due to others’ negligent or reckless conduct. We have specialized knowledge in boating accident cases, which requires an in-depth understanding of a myriad of local, state, federal, and even maritime legal principles. Our firm has the experience and the resources to maximize your potential recovery, along with a network of accident reconstruction experts necessary to build the strongest possible case. Our reputation and results speak for themselves.
What To Expect
Each boating accident case starts with us getting to know you, your family and what you have lost as a result of the crash. This happens at an initial free consultation.
Time is of the essence when it comes to boating accident cases due to the complexities associated with evidence preservation and collection. If possible, physical evidence from the crash scene, including any remains of the watercraft and other items, must be preserved and evaluated to ensure you can make the strongest possible case. Since these accidents occur on the water, boating cases are highly complex and may have numerous contributory causes, and involve several responsibility entities. Experts may be required to reconstruct the accident, download and interpret any electronic control module (black box) information, examine the watercraft for mechanical failures, comment on standards of care in the boating field, or evaluate you or your injured loved one for future medical care needs. Our firm will handle putting the right team of experts in place and taking the steps necessary to preserve and gather all relevant evidence.
Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson, Rader will also investigate the existence of all potentially responsible entities, including the insurance coverage that may be available to compensate you and your family for the personal, emotional and financial harm sustained. Depending upon the strength of the liability and the severity of the injuries sustained, preliminary settlement negotiations make take place. Our team will handle dealing with the responsible entities’ insurance companies and fight on you and your family’s behalf so you can focus on healing and recovery.
If a pre-suit settlement cannot be reached to your satisfaction, then our team will prepare and file the lawsuit. We will work with you and the experts to develop a compelling and persuasive case.
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We Seek Justice and Compensation For Injured Victims
When your time on the water turns from enjoyment to tragedy, the consequences can be severe and life-altering. Our team understands how traumatic the aftermath of a serious boating crash can be, and we are passionate about helping our clients through this process and fighting for maximum compensation. Taking legal action against a boat owner, operator, or manufacturer for accident-related injury can be a difficult process to navigate alone, especially considering that valuable evidence that can be used to prove liability and damages may become unavailable within days of the crash.
Our lawyers will perform an immediate investigation into the cause of your accident, and work to obtain and preserve all relevant evidence related to the accident. We will identify all potentially liable parties, handle correspondence with those parties and their insurance companies, calculate your damages, and help you and your loved ones seek justice. With numerous potentially responsible parties and several potential causes of the accident, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has the experience and financial resources to explore all theories of liability to maximize your recovery.