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Colorado is home to over 158 beautifully winding rivers and over 50 scenic lakes/reservoirs. Easy access to the water is what makes Colorado one of the best destinations for boating and other fun water activities. Unfortunately, boating and jet skiing can be dangerous, especially if you are unprepared. Every year over 3,500 people drown across the United States and thousands more sustain serious injuries that can lead to a lifetime of struggles.
While drowning is the first danger many people consider when they set out on the water, boating injuries can range from lacerations and broken extremities to spinal cord injuries and brain damage. Jet skis and motor boats can topple over in rough water leading to a variety of injuries. Hands and extremities can become cut on propellers or boats can run into unsuspecting swimmers, scuba divers or snorkelers causing traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death.
In 2006 alone, there were almost 5,000 boating accidents leading to almost 3500 boating injuries and over 700 deaths. While motor boats were the #1 cause of these accidents, boating accidents can be caused by jet skis, sail boats, canoes and other personal water crafts. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol use accounted for over half of all adult and teen deaths on the water. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented by using good common sense and avoiding alcohol while operating or using a boat. In fact, one in five boating related fatalities could have been prevented by abstaining from alcohol while on the water.
If you or someone you love was injured in a boating accident, a Colorado personal injury attorney may be able to help. By reviewing your case and investigating the boating accident, your attorney will be able to determine if you have reason to file a lawsuit. Even if you do not choose to file a lawsuit, your attorney will be able to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that all of your medical needs are met.
Contact a Denver and Aurora Attorney
If you have been injured or have had a loved one injured or killed in a boating accident in the Denver area or elsewhere in Colorado, Fuller Law can help. John Fuller has years of experience helping his clients get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and to receive your free initial consultation.