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Boating Accident Lawyer in Alaska

Every year the percentage of boat accidents is increasing in Alaska. The state is famous for water tourism. It attracts many crowds, resulting in several boating accidents. Boating accidents can result because of various elements like bad weather and breakdown of equipment. One can get severely injured and even die. The question arises:  What to do if one gets hurt in a boat accident if someone else is responsible? How will you recover just compensation? 

Suppose you or your loved ones find yourself in such a situation. It is essential to contact an experienced attorney who will help you recover fair compensation for your injury and loss. Going through such an event alone with no help will cause mistakes. It would help if you had someone you can trust.

At Trial Guy, we may comprehend your pain and the continuous suffering involved with the entire painful situation, and we are eager to help you get just damages, which may heal you to some extent. Our Anchorage Boat accident lawyer Eric Derleth possesses a vast understanding and experience of Alaska law regarding boating accident cases in Alaska. Eric is an experienced maritime lawyer in Alaska helping those injured on the high seas for over 25 years. 

Types of Common Maritime Accidents in Alaska

  • Fishing boat accidents
  • Accidents while waver running
  • Accidents happening in airboats
  • Accidents in a kayak
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Boat tenders' accident
  • Waterboarding accidents
  • Water-skiing accidents
  • Canoe accidents
  • Ferry accidents
  • Accidental drowning
  • Boat Malfunction
  • Sailing accidents
  • Cruise ship accidents

Boating Negligence

Determining compensation in boating accidents relies on the law of negligence. One needs to confirm the act of failure in the boating accident.  The oversight can be verified by:

  • There is a duty of care between the lawbreaker and injured person
  • The lawbreaker has breached that duty of care 
  • The breach of duty was caused because of his actions.
  • An injury has occurred

Causes of boating accidents

Boating accidents can happen due to various elements like weather, failure in equipment. Most accidents happen due to negligence. Negligence by the boat owner or operator involves the following: -

  • The operator of the boat is not trained appropriately.
  • The operator does not pay attention while driving
  • The operator or owner is drunk or drugged while driving the boat
  • Excessive speeding of the boat
  • Poor sense of directions
  • Not following the safety standards
  • Operating vessel in an ineffective manner
  • Loss of focus
  • Loss of sleep
  • Unsafe waters
  • Boating while distracted or distracted boating accidents
  • Equipment Malfunction on a boat
  • Boat operator error, such as taking the boat out during hazardous conditions.
  • Poor weather conditions

Injuries suffered in sea accidents

There are several ways people get injured these may include:

  • Losing balance and falling on the deck
  • Unexpected death
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Decapitation and several tearing
  • Fire burns
  • Getting injured because of colliding with another boat, person, and object 
  • Food poisoning
  • Food accidents
  • Drownings

Unseaworthy vessels

A person can also claim compensation under federal maritime law that has violated traditional maritime activity involving maritime and other sea activities. Under the direction of maritime law, the owner or the operator of the boa must ensure that he has maintained worthy sea vessels, which means proper maintenance of the boat. These claims are easier to prove than negligence. Some claims that arise under the law are:

  • The crew is overworked.
  • The staff members are less and inexperienced.
  • There is poor maintenance of the equipment, which results in failure or error.
  • Not following the US coast guard regulations.
  • Unable to maintain vessels with proper anti-material
  • Use of defective safety equipment
  • Use of defective tools
  • Defective railings

Sometimes, two boats collide with one another where the operator can be at fault. In such circumstances, the person injured can file a case against both the boat operator. If one operator gets damaged, the person can only claim compensation from one operator, and there is a chance of fifty percent recovery. Collision with another boat can cause serious hurt. When the ship hits, the passenger can fall overboard and drown. The boat operator will be liable for this. You may wonder what to do? How do you know who is at fault? What steps should be taken? You may get confused. Thus, consult our experienced personal injury attorneys as they will help you find the best way forward.

Boat Accidents reporting requirements in Alaska

As per the laws of Alaska, an operator of a boat is engaged in an accident needs to report:

  • When the accident happens, the operator should instantly stop the boat.
  • Provide support to the person hurt or in danger to the extent they can help them, causing any more harm.
  • Give the name, address, and boat information to the person harmed in writing.
  • Explain the property damages to the possessor because of the accident

Alaska law states that the boat accidents should be informed and reported to the Alaska office of Boating safety:

  • If one has been killed or has disappeared from the boat, then it must be filed within forty-eight hours
  • If you need medical support beyond first aid must be filed within forty-eight hours
  • If the property damage cost more than $500, then it must be filed within ten days.

Get Free Consultation! 

The laws related to boating accidents involve a lot of complications. Both federal and state laws apply. The recovery of compensation depends on the accident, the reason for the accident, the parties, and many other factors. It would be best if you had a lawyer who is well versed and experienced in dealing with many cases related to boating accidents and personal injury in Alaska. 

Suppose you or your loved one gets hurt because of the negligence of the boat operator, or breakdown of equipment, or even poor maintenance. You should be compensated for the injuries and losses suffered. 

Call at 907-262-9164 your boat accident attorney in Alaska, Attorney Eric Derleth, serving Anchorage, Soldotna, Kenai, and the Palmer/Wasilla areas of Alaska Today for a free, confidential consultation today!


With Alaska in his blood, for 25 years, the "Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has helped the people in Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury and criminal lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws, the people, and the true nature of Alaska. The Trial Guy was raised in a log cabin in Alaska with a belief in America, and a belief in strong individual liberty guaranteed by our Constitution and was raised to fight for the rights of all of Alaska. Eric has expanded his criminal defense and auto accident injury lawyers practice near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC