Iowa Boating Accident Lawyer

Recreational boating is a pleasurable weekend activity for those who enjoy water skiing, fishing and getting out on water for fun and relaxation. Normally, the biggest concerns have to do with avoiding water that is too shallow or properly draining water out of the boat after a day on the lake.

Intoxicated Boating Is a Recipe for Disaster

When a boater is abusing alcohol while operating a motor boat or sailboat, however, the chances of misjudgments turning into accidents increase, just as in the case of drunk drivers on the road. In 1999, for example, there were 13 boating accidents in the state involving alcohol as a factor, leading to 11 injuries and five fatalities according to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).

If you were seriously injured or if your loved one was killed in a boating accident in Iowa, you are doing the right thing by seeking legal advice at this time. Whether the injured person was allegedly at fault or was in a boat crash or tip-over caused by another boater or passenger, it is important not to discuss the injury or accident with anyone before consulting with an attorney.

Safety Should Come First

Galligan Reid PC is a well-established personal injury law firm in Des Moines with clients throughout Iowa. We place a great emphasis in our law practice on promoting safety and the prevention of accidents. We work hard to get the word out on ways to stay safe while enjoying an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, however, we usually receive phone calls after an accident has occurred rather than before. Our lawyers are experienced, accomplished and well prepared to advise and represent the injured and surviving family members of fatal boat accidents, traffic accidents and other recreational incidents.

We Represent Clients Statewide

We welcome your call or email regardless of where your boating accident occurred: in one of the pools of the Mississippi River or on Lake MacBride, Clear Lake, Storm Lake or Spirit Lake. If you are unable to come to our Des Moines office because of your injuries, we are willing to travel to where you are as needed. After a water skiing accident or any type of serious Iowa boating accident, attorney investigation, analysis, advice and advocacy is invaluable to accident victims seeking compensation for medical care and other losses.

Contact a Des Moines Boat Accident Attorney

Was another boater operating a vessel while intoxicated? Were boating rules and regulations violated? Did a lakeside bar or restaurant serve alcohol to an obviously inebriated boater, leading to a series of events that caused injury or death to your loved one? Contact Galligan Reid PC to discuss your options.