Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers for Boating Accidents
If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal boating collision or accident in Houston or any location in Texas, overwhelming emotions can leave you spinning. However, seeking legal representation is important – especially if the wrongful death was caused by the negligence, carelessness or unskillfulness of an individual in control of the vessel.
If your spouse, child, or parent was killed in a boat accident, you may qualify to receive compensation for damages through a wrongful death claim. The financial assistance you receive through a wrongful death claim can help you with daily living expenses, medical bills, funeral expenses, and the emotional anguish caused after such a tragic loss.
Contact an experienced Houston wrongful death attorney to represent your case.
Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C., represents family members of victims in fatal boating accidents caused by negligence, including boating under the influence (BUI) and driver inexperience.
Our attorneys understand the emotional and financial impact after the loss of a loved one. Years of experience and legal knowledge allows us to handle your case with care and hold the responsible party accountable for the loss he or she has caused you and your family.
What We Do
Every boating accident is unique and comes with its own set of challenges. Whether it was a boat, watercraft, or Jet Ski collision or accident, our lawyers will investigate your wrongful death case to find the cause of the death.
Under Texas law, we must be able to prove that the death was caused by negligence or failure to act with reasonable care. For this reason, we will talk to witnesses and gather key information and evidence to create a powerful case. Our goal during boating accident investigations it to provide justice for the wrongful death of your family member and help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Family Members of Fatal Boating Accidents
Who is allowed to file a wrongful death claim for a fatal boating accident in Texas? Certain family members of people who have died in a boat collision are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in the state of Texas, including the surviving spouse, parents, and children of the deceased if the injury was caused by a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, or unskillfulness. Our attorneys can help you determine whether you have the right to file a claim for a wrongful death.
Causes of Fatal Boating Accidents
The rules of the road on water are not much different than on land. Boaters must use ordinary care and follow the navigation and maneuvering rules to prevent others from being hurt. When they deviate from these rules because of recklessness, negligence or intoxication, people can get hurt and killed and the responsible party can, and should, be the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit. We help Houston families investigate the cause of death due to boating accidents in Texas and receive fair compensation.
Common causes of fatal boating accidents include:
- Alcohol use
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Machinery failure
- Violation of navigation rules
Types of Vessels
Boating is an incredibly popular pastime in the Houston area, along the Gulf Coast and throughout Texas. Many people take advantage of our local bodies of water with sports that can lead to injuries or fatal accidents:
- Motor boating
- Water skiing
- Jet skiing
Boating Accidents in Texas
We may investigate the boating traffic, rules and unique land and water features of popular bodies of water for recreation in Texas including:
- Lake Conroe
- Lake Houston
- Clear Lake
- Trinity Bay
- Galveston Bay
- Gulf of Mexico
Help for Family Members Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Fatal Accidents
While we hope that people would show the same level of caution on the water that they do on the road, often this is not the case. Too often boaters involve alcohol as part of their recreation. Excessive speeding and careless boating often follow and people’s lives are put at risk.
Losing a loved one to a boating accident is a difficult tragedy for anyone. At Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C., our attorneys specialize in wrongful death lawsuits due to boating under the influence, driver inexperience, reckless operation, and other common causes of fatal boating accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in a boating accident, it is important that you secure the representation of an attorney who can help you through such a challenging time.