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Legal Counsel for Boating Accidents in Ontario

Canadians love their boats. That’s not surprising for a country with 60% of the world’s lakes. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen. If you’re injured in a boating accident, look to Miskin Law for legal guidance. We understand that, in the wake of such incidents, the complex legal system is the last thing you want to think about. Our team will take care of the difficult, taxing work for you, helping you gather evidence and build a case for compensation. Learn more about boating accidents in Ontario and how our law firm is able to help accident victims recover the compensation you deserve.

Causes of Boat Accidents

Boating accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. However, to recover compensation, an accident victim must be able to prove that their injuries were caused by the negligence of another. This can take many forms, including incompetence, poor maintenance, a failure to follow proper procedures, or a failure to observe safety protocols. Some of the common reasons people are injured on or around boats are as follows.


An inexperienced, unsupervised boater can wreak havoc on the water, especially if they lack training in the basics of boating safety.


Watersports, such as waterskiing and tubing, while fun, can be dangerous. Unless safety rules are strictly followed, watersports provide ample opportunities for injury.

Impaired Driving

We hear about drunk driving and car accidents all the time, but impaired boating also often results in accidents. If a boat captain causes personal injury due to being under the influence, a victim could have a solid case.

Bad Weather

Weather on the water can change at a moment’s notice, turning a fun outing into a nightmare. A captain who does not anticipate what’s coming or prepares for the worst may be liable for resulting injuries.

Poor Equipment

An old motor, a leaky boat, or a lack of safety equipment on board can all lead to injuries that can be avoided.

boat accident in the middle of the ocean

The Aftermath of a Boat Accident

A boating accident can be terrifying. If it happens, it’s difficult to think rationally and make sound decisions. This is why it’s so important to have a game plan before the worst happens. Should you find yourself in a boating accident, follow these steps:

  • Ensure Safety—Before taking any action, make sure that you and everyone else involved is safe. If you’re not injured and it won’t put you in danger, help others.
  • Signal for Help—If you’re able to do so, use your horn, whistle, flares or your cell phone to contact help.
  • Give Contact Information—If another vessel is involved in the accident, exchange information if possible.
  • Talk to a Boating Accident Lawyer—If you’re injured, once you’ve received medical attention, contact a lawyer. Our team based in Ontario has years of experience with boating accidents.

Your Right to Sue

In Ontario, those injured in boating accidents can recover compensation. However, no-fault benefits, which may be claimed as a result of car accidents, don’t apply. Victims must bring their claim against the person or persons at fault.

The Marine Liability Act states that, regardless of the number of people injured, the at-fault party is only liable for up to $1 million (for ships less than 300 tonnes). Injured parties may be entitled to more, however, if they can prove that the at-fault driver was reckless and showed a complete disregard for others’ safety.

Helping You Navigate Complex Waters

Navigating the complex waters of boating accident law can be daunting. With over 40 years of experience, the lawyers at Miskin Law can guide you through the complexities of a boating accident claim and utilize the appropriate experts to help maximize your recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis, and you don’t pay unless money is recovered on your behalf in a settlement or judgment. Don’t deal with the aftermath of a boating accident alone—contact us today.

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