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Boating Accident Attorney

Recreational and commercial boating accidents along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana can lead to debilitating and even fatal injuries.

Our accident lawyers can review your boating accident and hold negligent boat operators or other parties accountable.

Learn how the accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy can help boat accident victims in Lafayette and New Iberia, LA...

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Excessive speed
  • Operators violating navigation rules
  • Inadequate or nonexistent onboard navigation lights
  • Poor ventilation of carbon monoxide or fuel exhaust
  • Boat operator inexperience or inattention
  • Improper anchoring
  • Overloading or loading incorrectly
  • Unsafe or sharp turns
  • Impeded vision
  • Boating in unfavorable conditions

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Commercial Boating Accident Cases


In comparison to accidents involving jet skis and other privately owned watercraft, commercial boating accident cases tend to be more complex. Multiple parties can be implicated, and an accident lawyer's help is vital to negotiate with respective insurance providers.

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If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a boat accident, it's important that you contact the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy. Our team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers can hold negligent parties accountable for incidents along the Gulf Coast or inland waterways of Louisiana.

Established more than 50 years ago, our law firm represents accident victims in Lafayette and New Iberia, LA, and surrounding communities. In addition to complimentary case reviews, our accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay our accident attorney unless we can achieve a favorable settlement or verdict in your boat accident case.

To request a no-obligation consultation at the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, contact our attorneys online. You can also reach our law firm by phone.

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(337) 232-1934

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The Dangers of Boating While Intoxicated

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)


Like Louisiana driving under the influence (DUI) laws, BUI applies to boat or jet ski operators with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. If the boat operator is under 21, they can be charged with a BUI if they have a BAC or 0.02 or higher.

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What to Do After a Recreational Boating Accident

The most important thing to do if you are injured in a boating accident is to seek medical care immediately. Waiting may compromise your case. If possible, take pictures and video at the scene of the boat accident, or have someone document the boat accident for you. It is also important to keep a thorough log of everything that happens, including any forms you submit or sign.

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What to Do After a Work Accident

If the accident occurred while you were at work, you may be covered under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Report the boat accident to your supervisor as soon as possible and fill out an accident report. Make sure the report is complete and accurate. As your employer may try to pressure you into signing an agreement placing you at fault, you should show all documents to our Lafayette boat accident attorneys before signing.

Personal Injury Attorneys Who Care


Boating accidents can have many non-economic consequences. Your pain and suffering are just as important to the calculation of your losses as economic concerns. Our Lafayette boat accident lawyers understand the complexities of injury lawsuits involving watercraft. We have helped clients collect millions in settlements and jury awards, such as a $5 million settlement for a seaman who suffered non-surgical neck and low back injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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Honest, straight forward attorney that explained everything about the legal process concerning my case. I never felt pressured to accept any offer that was made on my case, I was allowed to decide what I would accept. If I ever needed an attorney again, he would be the one I would choose. I trust him so much I have recommended him to others that I know.

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The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy

Richard R. Kennedy and Richard R. Kennedy III can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve after a personal injury. Our attorneys have been recognized by:

  • Super Lawyers®
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent® Rating)

You can schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette, LA, by contacting us online or by calling (337) 232-1934.

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Lafayette, LA 70501

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