If a person does not operate a boat with the legally required duty of care, they can be held liable for damages that result from their negligence. To successfully prove negligence and recover damages for your injuries, you must show that 1) the boat operator failed to operate the boat in a reasonably safe manner and 2) that this failure caused the injury.
Common negligent conduct includes:
- Taking the boat out in poor weather conditions,
- Turning the wrong way into a wave and causing the boat to capsize,
- Going too fast to avoid hitting another vessel, or
- Failing to have adequate safety equipment on board.