Pennsylvania Boat Accidents
Automobiles aren’t the only large vehicles that travel around the state of Pennsylvania; there are boats too. Some of these boats are large commercial vessels that travel in and out of Pennsylvania’s ports. Others are small recreational vehicles that travel on any of the state’s interior waterways. Just as with any other kind of vehicle, accidents can and will happen with boats. When they do, the injuries that can be sustained by those on the boat (and even those around the boat) can be quite severe. In order to make sure that your rights are properly protected following a boating accident of any kind, it’s imperative that you retain the services of a qualified Pennsylvania boat accident attorney, like those that are employed by Heavens Law.
The Complications of Pennsylvania Boat Accident Cases
If you have any experience with boats, then you likely already know that the laws that govern boats and their use can be complicated and contradictory. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, there are separate laws, such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Jones Act, that are designed to protect the rights of maritime workers. Further there are the various rules and regulations set forth by the Coast Guard and other regulatory agencies that govern the use of vessels on Pennsylvania’s waterways. Because of this, no two boat accident cases are ever alike.
Like any other accident involving vehicles, a thorough post accident investigation needs to be conducted. This investigation has the goal of identifying the root causes of the accident and any potential party or parties that may be at fault or at least partially responsible. Just as on the road, there are boat accident cases that involve drunk drivers. Further, there have been more than a few cases on Pennsylvania’s waterways wherein flawed design or defective products have led to catastrophic boat accidents. A qualified boat accident attorney, like those at Heavens Law, can conduct the thorough investigation that’s needed to get to the root causes in these cases.
As mentioned earlier, maritime workers in the state of Pennsylvania are protected by different laws, and it may not always be easy to determine which applies. Generally speaking the LHWCA is there to protect those who work on the United States’ navigable waterways (including those in Pennsylvania) and in places that service those waterways directly. The Jones Act is there to protect the rights of workers who make their livings as seamen. Because a maritime worker’s roles are not always clearly defined, it can be sometimes difficult to determine which law applies in any given case. A qualified boat accident lawyer can help to sort things out, as well as to investigate parties that may be culpable for the accident that transpired.
All in all, this merely touches the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the complications surrounding boat accident cases in Pennsylvania. That’s why it’s so important that any individual that has been injured in such an accident retain the services of highly qualified counsel. Only by doing this can those injured individuals be able to ensure that their rights are fully protected.
How to Get in Touch with Heavens Law’s Boat Accident Attorneys
Our team of Pennsylvania boat accident lawyers is ready and prepared to assist you with your case. They know the laws inside and out, and they will ensure that you get the fullest amount of compensation that’s due to you for your injuries and your pain and suffering. Simply give Heavens Law a call at 1-800-HEAV-LAW, and we’ll offer you a free consultation in which we’ll review the facts of your case and make recommendations for how to proceed with a claim.