Texas and Louisiana boating accident lawyers

Boating Accidents

Determining liability in a boat accident claim is often a complex process. Maritime Attorney, Bart Bernard has the resources to hire accident reconstruction experts and skilled investigators who can pinpoint exactly what happened and whether intoxication, speed, improper lookout, lack of safety equipment, overcrowding or operator distraction were causal factors.


Seeking Justice for

Boating Accident Victims in Texas and Louisiana

Boasting miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, winding canals, and scenic lakes, Texas and Louisiana are popular spots for recreational boating and waterskiing. Whether operating or riding in a pontoon, jet ski, motor boat, or other watercraft, reckless behavior can turn a relaxing pastime into tragedy in the blink of an eye. While there are more than a few regulations pertaining to water sports and boating, not everyone obeys the law. Moreover, many boating accident victims suffer harm due to mechanical malfunctions or faulty equipment. Whatever the circumstances, victims have a right to pursue legal compensation when negligence is to blame.

Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers offers dedicated representation to clients who were harmed or lost a loved one in accidents involving:

  • Jet skis
  • Wave runners
  • Air boats
  • Fishing vessels
  • Motorized water craft
  • Commercial boats
  • Wakeboards
  • Canoes and kayaks
Boating Accidents

Why Choose Us?

As your legal advocate, Bart Bernard works tirelessly to construct a compelling, fact-driven case that maximizes the value of your injury claim. His recent courtroom victories include a $23 million boating accident award.

Proven Track Record

Experienced legal team with successful cases and millions recovered in settlements.

Compassionate Advocates

Dedicated attorneys providing personalized support for your boating accidents case.

Thorough Investigation

Comprehensive research, expert consultations, and witness interviews to build a strong case.

Trial-Ready Representation

Skilled trial attorneys ready to fight for your rights if needed.

No Fees

Unless We Win

Your Recovery, Our Mission: No Win, No Fee! At Bart Bernard Injury Law, we’ll fight for your compensation on a contingency basis, so you can heal without financial worries.

Frequently Asked


How a boat accident attorney can assist

The courts offer remedies for seeking financial reparations in boating accidents cases arising from the wrongful actions or negligence of another party. Because watercraft accidents can result in serious personal injury or death, Bart Bernard helps families through the entire claims process, from early investigations to proving your damages before a jury, if necessary.

We have convenient office locations in Texas & Louisiana and assist clients by:

  • Gathering key evidence, including photographs, video and accident reports
  • Preparing and managing depositions of expert witnesses
  • Ensuring clients have access to the best medical care possible
  • Documenting the full extent of your injuries and future rehabilitation costs
  • Conducting a meticulous investigation to assess liability
  • Handling all negotiations with insurance adjustors to recover full compensation
  • Taking your case to trial
Boating injury causes and penalties

The following are the top 10 contributing factors of recreational boating accidents in Louisiana and across the nation.

  • Operator inattention (597 accidents)
  • Operator inexperience (480 accident)
  • Improper lookout (475 accidents)
  • Excessive speed (360 accidents)
  • Machinery malfunction or failure (323 accidents)
  • Alcohol use (282 accidents)
  • Weather (214 accidents)
  • Navigation rules violation (213 accidents)
  • Hazardous waters (205 accidents)
  • Wake or large wave (160 accidents)

Among all fatal watercraft accidents, alcohol use is the number one contributing factor. Drinking and boating is a deadly combination and watercraft operators can face civil and criminal penalties if they cause an accident while under the influence. Louisiana law considers a person to be legally intoxicated if they:

  • Are under 21 years of age and have a BAC or .02 percent or greater
  • Are 21 years or older and have a BAC of .08 percent or higher

Boating under the influence (BUI) is handled much like a DUI, with penalties including fines, incarceration, driver’s license suspension and the prospect of protracted litigation. It is illegal in Louisiana to knowingly permit another person who is drunk or under the influence of illicit drugs to operate a personal watercraft.

Contact Us

Today for a Free Consultation

If you’ve been in a serious boat accident, reach out to us for a free case evaluation. Our expert team will determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. Well-versed in federal maritime statutes, Bart Bernard is here to protect your rights and fight for your rightful compensation. Contact us today!

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not legal advice. It is for general informational purposes only. The use of this website does not establish an attorney-client relationship.