Tom Kline waterfront and boating accident interviews
Nearly 5,000 boating accidents occur each year in the United States, resulting in thousands of injuries and roughly 700 deaths.
The No. 1 cause of these accidents is collision with another vessel, according to statistics kept by the U.S. Coast Guard, and often there is liability on the part of one or more operators.
Kline & Specter, PC, has the experience necessary to handle waterfront and boating accidents. The law firm litigated the May 2000 collapse of Pier 34 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, a case that brought a $29.6 million settlement for three women who were killed and dozens who were injured.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a waterfront or boating accident, you may want to immediately contact a waterfront or boating accident attorney.
The Coast reported that in 2008, the last year for which it released statistics, there were 4,789 reported boating accidents, with 3,331 injuries and 709 deaths. The incidents also resulted in a total $54 million in property damage.
After collisions with other vessels, flooding/swamping was the second leading cause, followed by collisions with fixed objects and falls overboard. Alcohol was involved in 17 percent of the mishaps, while many others were blamed on careless operation, excessive speed and operator inattention or inexperience. Most of the accidents involved small boats and many also were reported with drivers of jet skis.
Based in Philadelphia, Kline & Specter has won a litany of large settlements and verdicts in accident cases, some involving government agencies as well as large corporations. (See Major Victories) The firm, with some 30 attorneys and a staff of more than 100, has the resources and experience to investigate and litigate all major accidents.