Boat fires and explosions have injured countless people and have resulted in many deaths. A primary cause of boat fires and explosions is that fuel, such as gasoline, is present in confined and often poorly ventilated conditions. Gasoline seepage or spillage from engines also presents a high risk of explosion.
As with refueling automobiles, care should be taken to ensure that gasoline is not spilled onto a boat, and that there is not an open source of flames or sparks (such those from smoking).
Additionally, many boats use propane, kerosene, or other gases for cooking or other purposes. These fuels provide an additional risk of fire and explosion if not handled correctly or if stored in defective containers.
Boating accident burn injuries can occur as the result of a number of conditions:
Often, boats will not be equipped with extinguishers, or guests on the boat may not know where the extinguishers are located. As with home fires, in some instances people may believe that they can safely put out a fire instead of taking evasive action, such as abandoning the watercraft.
Boat explosions can come on suddenly and unexpectedly. In such cases, passengers will not have any time to take evasive action. In these cases, burns can be horrific and even fatal.
When boat fires or explosions result in injury or death, it’s critical to understand all contributing factors of the incident. Contributing factors often include:
We undertake comprehensive investigations of boat accidents, and will often hire accident reconstructionists and experts to help determine all contributing factors that lead to injury and death. In some cases, such as in the case of a defective boat design, there may be multiple parties at fault, including those responsible for the design, manufacture, and sale of the boat. Once we understand the factors contributing to the accident, we can then seek compensation from all parties whom we believe to be at fault.
We accept injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not owe us any fees for our time and effort unless and until we are successful in recovering compensation for you. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation, so that you can meet with us and learn how we can help.
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