With more than 110 natural lakes and 61,000 miles of rivers and streams throughout the state, it’s no wonder that spending time on the water with friends and family is a common recreation. Although Ohio boaters are generally responsible, accidents do happen, and people are seriously injured as a result.
If you are suffering from a boat accident injury, you need the assistance of an experienced Ohio boat accident attorney who can guide you through the legal process. Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can help—we have more than 85 years of experience advocating for personal injury victims. Our legal team is familiar with the rules and regulations that boat operators must abide by in Ohio.
Causes of Boat Accidents
Enjoying a sunny day on the water shouldn’t be dangerous, but factors such as reckless operation or equipment failure can make this fun pasttime unsafe and potentially deadly. The primary causes of water accident injuries include:
- alcohol use,
- excessive speed,
- equipment system failure,
- hazardous waters,
- operator inattention,
- operator inexperience,
- reckless operation,
- and passenger/skier behavior.
If you were hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need a lawyer who will stand up for your rights. Contact an Ohio boat accident attorney from Nurenberg Paris today.
Our legal team will utilize cutting-edge resources and technology to make sure your case is presented in the strongest possible way. We will work hard to help get the compensation you need to pay for your medical expenses so you can move on from your accident. Complete a free initial consultation form or call (888) 900-6075 now.
Ohio Boating Requirements
In Ohio, there are rules and restrictions that regulate the boating industry and recreational boating, including:
- Age Restrictions
No person under the age of 16 is allowed to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) unless he or she is between 12 and 15 years of age and is supervised by a boating-certified adult.
- Boater Safety Education Requirements
Any person born on or after January 1, 1982, must successfully complete an approved boating education course or proficiency examination before operating a vessel with more than 10 horsepower.
- Vessel Registration and License Numbering
All water vessels must have the proper license, title—or proof of ownership—and registration in order to operate on Ohio waterways. Up-to-date registration tags and license numbers must be visible and correctly placed on the vessel.