Boating Accidents in Ontario and Personal Injury Law

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Boating Accidents in Ontario and Personal Injury Law

Boating Accident Law in Ontario

It’s finally here…Summer and that means lots of time outside and for many lots of time on the water.  What many people do not know is that when it comes to driving a boat, there are many similarities to driving a car.  A boat is considered to be a motor vehicle and must follow the laws, regulations and rules such as being licensed and registered. 

Did know that from 1991-2008, there were over 3,000 boating-related deaths reported by the Canadian Red Cross, of which 86% were from recreational boating?  In many ways, operating a boat is similar to driving a car. There are numerous laws, regulations and local rules covering such things as speed, right of way, lights and signals and collisions. As well, boats need to be registered and licensed. In order to be licensed to drive a boat in Ontario, drivers must learn the rules of the waterways and other boating safety information.  Ontario boaters must pass a regulated boating exam. If successful, a Pleasure Craft Operator card is issued. 

Boating Accidents and Injuries

Should you become injured in a boating accident, the Ontario ‘MARINE LIABILITY ACT’ provides a maximum of $1,000,000.00 in compensation for injuries resulting from a boat operated with negligence, depending on your injuries.  Boating accidents are complicated as there are several sets of laws that come into play; there are both marine and Ontario motor vehicle laws. 

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There are differences when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries and damages.  In Ontario, no-fault benefits do not apply in a boating accident.  People who suffer a personal injury in a boating accident are limited to seeking compensation against the at-fault party. Our lawyers are familiar with boating laws and personal injury compensation when it comes to boating accidents and can help provide you with the best analysis of your boating accident and next steps. 

We hope you are enjoying your summer and boating safely.  Should you need any information that relates to Ontario laws that relate to boating accidents or compensation for injuries and damages resulting from a boating accident, our personal injury lawyers are here to offer free consultations.  We understand the nuances of the law and boating accidents and we can help. Contact any one of our lawyers and we would be happy to help provide you with the information you need. 

About the Author

David Hollingsworth has been a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa since 1999. David dedicates himself to helping people who have been injured in an accident, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, LTD claims, Accident Benefits claims and more. David and his team work closely with their clients and their families and help rebuild lives, following a traumatic accident. To learn more about David Hollingsworth, view his full profile.