Being hurt in a boating accident is an unwelcome and often unexpected experience. Although Texas may be a boater’s paradise, it can turn into a nightmare in the event of a distracted, drunk or reckless boat operator. Victims of boating accidents in Texas have legal protections and options and a no obligation consultation with Reyna Law Firm may be the best way to figure out your path forward.


An initial investigation associated with a boating accident is critical for preserving your rights and the choices available to you. While the Parks and Wildlife Department will usually investigate serious injuries or boat crashes with a wrongful death, your own lawyer needs to evaluate the cause of the accident to figure out a path forward.

The operator of a boat is responsible after an accident to provide help to other people as necessary and to exchange information and identification about the boat to any owner of property damaged in the boat accident or any person injured. You need someone on the scene to investigate the causes of the accident and to gather critical evidence such as photos, videos and statements from eyewitnesses.


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The vast majority of boating accidents in Texas were completely preventable and were caused by someone’s negligence or reckless behavior. Across the United States, alcohol has played a role in approximately 50% of all boating crashes. There were more than 200 arrests for boating under the influence in 2013 across Texas. The vast majority of boating accidents happened on the weekends between the hours of noon and 7:00pm and more than 85% of boating drowning victims did not have a life preserver on when the accident occurred.

Showing that someone else is responsible for the injuries sustained after a devastating boating accident is extremely important for that person’s recovery or for the compensation to family members who lost a loved one.

Many boating accidents were caused by boating operators who were not paying appropriate attention, who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who were engaged in dangerous behavior such as excessive speed or ignoring the rules of the water, when the accident occurred.

Damages may be recovered when a claim is filed in a timely fashion, but this needs to be handled by experienced attorneys like those working at Reyna Law Firm. The primary causes of boating accidents are hits with other boats or other types of water crafts. Serious personal injury and death at boating accidents can also occur when a person falls overboard and gets trapped underneath the boat or when the boat capsizes. Spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, herniated disks, knee injuries, death from drowning and bone fractures are some of the most common injuries sustained in Texas boating accidents.


If you are a passenger in a boating accident and sustained some sort of injury, it is always a good idea to ensure that an accident report was filed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Office. It is the operator’s responsibility to report an accident, if there are certain conditions met.

You may be able to recover compensatory damages that are similar to any personal injury victims. These include lost employment wages, decreased earning capacity, property damage, medical expenses, or even pain and suffering, if you can show that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries.

Consult with an experience attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.

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