Boating accidents in Arkansas more than doubled in recent years, according to the AR Game & Fish Commission. If you were injured in a boat accident, trust our local team of injury attorneys to be on your side – by your side. We’ve been representing our friends in neighbors in Arkansas for nearly 30 years – we’d be honored to represent you.
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What to Know About Boating Crashes
How common are boat collisions on Arkansas waterways? In the past year between 70 and 80 boating accidents were reported to officials in Arkansas. Reported boating accidents involve personal injury requiring medical treatment.
We’re known in the Natural State for our beautiful lakes and rivers, but our waterways become dangerous when boaters aren’t keeping them safe.
Causes of Boating Accidents
Most boating accidents happen due to one of three reasons: inexperience, inattention, or alcohol.
Knowing how to drive a vehicle doesn’t prepare someone for driving a boat. Of the 89 drivers involved in a boating accident in 2020, only 28 of them had taken a boating education course in Arkansas.
A boating education course is mandatory for anyone in Arkansas born after 1985 who is operating a motorboat or sailboat. But it’s recommended everyone, regardless of age, take a boating education course who plans to operate a motorboat, sailboat, canoe, or kayak.
Not knowing how to properly operate a vessel, as well as not knowing Arkansas boating laws can lead to a dangerous accident.
The number one cause of boating accidents is operator inattention. Distracted driving is just as dangerous on the water as it is on the road.
Between what’s happening on your own boat, plus the sometimes erratic paths of other boats, it’s easy to lose focus and become distracted.
The penalties for boating under the influence is the exact same as the penalties for a DUI. Drinking and driving a boat is as dangerous as drinking and driving a vehicle. In fact, drinking when combined with the sun and the waves of the water can be even more dangerous.
In 2020, there were 13 fatalities on Arkansas waterways, up from 10 fatal accidents in 2019. Of those 13 fatalities, all 13 were caused by drowning. 35 injuries required treatment beyond first-aid care.
If you were injured in a boating accident, or someone you love lost their life, seeking the help of any injury attorney can help provide relief. Whether you choose to hire an attorney or not, calling a lawyer can help you explore your options.
Injury Lawyers in Arkansas
Taylor King Law has been serving Arkansans for nearly 30 years. And with over 275 years of combined experience, we’re more than ready to help you with your boat accident injury claim. We know Arkansas’ boating laws, and we know how to ensure you receive the care and compensation that you deserve.
Trust our local team of attorneys to answer your questions, walk you through each step, as well as secure you with a settlement that protects your family.
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Protecting Your Personal Injury Rights
Call or visit any of our seven locations across Arkansas and into Texas. An initial consultation with an attorney is both free and confidential. We don’t charge anything to answer your questions; and because we work on a contingency basis, you won’t owe us anything until after we settle your case.
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Prefer to meet with an attorney near you? You can speak with a lawyer at Taylor King Law face-to-face at any of our 7 offices across Arkansas. Schedule a meeting with a boat injury attorney at any of our locations: Little Rock, Jonesboro, Springdale, Arkadelphia, Fort Smith, Conway, and Texarkana. Wherever you are in the Natural State, then you can find Taylor King Law nearby:
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