Boat & PWC Accidents

Boat Accident | Personal Injury

Boat and Watercraft Injury Lawyers

Boat and watercraft injuries can occur on any Missouri River or in any of Missouri’s wonderful lakes such as Lake of the Ozarks, Tablerock, Mark Twain or Truman. The attorneys at Sticklen & Dreyer have many years of experience in representing people who have been involved in boating and PWC (personal watercraft) accidents. As avid boaters, we are concerned about boater safety and have seen first-hand what can happen when reckless or inexperienced boaters take to the water.

Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of boating accidents on our waterways. Operators of boats and PWCs have a responsibility under the law to safely operate their watercraft. Victims of boating and PWC accidents may be able to file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for the injuries they sustain. This includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. The attorneys at Sticklen & Dreyer have experience in handling boating and PWC accident cases and have obtained significant verdicts for our clients, including a $14 million verdict against a boating manufacturer due to defective design.

PWC injuries can be far more severe than those sustained in larger boating accidents due to the exposed nature of the rider. Parties responsible for the injuries may include other watercraft operators, the PWC manufacturer, or the PWC rental company that rented the craft and equipment.

The laws applicable to boating and PWC accidents vary by state.  The attorneys at Sticklen & Dreyer have experience handling boating and PWC accident cases in multiple states and can handle these types of cases nationwide. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations for personal injuries may leave you unable to recover compensation for your injuries. Therefore, if you have been injured in a boating or PWC accident it is important you contact an attorney with experience handling these types of claims immediately.

Types of Boating Accident Claims Handled by Our Firm

• Collision with another watercraft or fixed objects
• Hitting a wake at an excessive speed
• Contact with propellers
• Operating at a high rate of speed
• Operator intoxication
• Wake board, skiing, and tubing accidents
• Defective design of the watercraft
• Carbon monoxide poisoning
• Defective boat repair