As a car owner, you know the many laws, rules and regulations regarding driving a motor vehicle. However, many boat owners do not have the same in-depth knowledge of Kentucky’s waterway laws.
If you sustain injuries in a boating accident, it is vital to understand the responsibilities of owning and operating a vessel to protect your rights and secure proper compensation.
Laws concerning the operation of a boat in Kentucky
Some actions considered reckless under the state’s waterway laws include:
- Operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Taking a boat into restricted areas
- Going too fast in dangerous or crowded areas
- Towing a waterskier in areas with significant obstacles, other watercraft or crowding issues
- Boating in designated swimming areas
- Careless operation in areas of limited visibility
Negligence of another party
If another boat operator causes your injuries through irresponsible actions, lack of essential vessel maintenance or disregard for waterway rules, you may be able to obtain compensation. You have legal rights to recover money for expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Actions to take after an accident that results in injury
Your knowledge of boating laws and the procedures to follow after a boating accident affect the outcome of your legal case. You need to report the accident, deal with insurance companies, investigate the cause of the incident, file a lawsuit and negotiate your settlement. The other party may claim comparative fault, proposing that you are partially responsible for the accident.
Understanding your rights and the waterway laws in Kentucky is crucial to obtaining the compensation you deserve following a boating accident that causes you injuries.