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Toronto Boat Accident Lawyer - Injury Claim


If you have been involved in a marine accident in Ontario you need to be represented by a specialist Toronto boat accident lawyer to ensure that you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Almost 100 fatalities and thousands of serious injuries occur every year in Canada as a result of capsizes, falls overboard, disappearances, fire, sinking, flooding, explosions and collisions with other vessels. Dangerous incidents can occur on a privately owned boat, a cruise ship, jet ski or ferry and injuries usually occur because of a reckless or negligent operator or boat malfunction. The operators of commercial ships, private boats and jet skis have a duty to exercise the highest degree of care to prevent personal injury to others.

The most common marine injuries are lacerations and broken bones which occur mainly as a result of open boat or jet ski accidents. If you were injured because an operator in Ontario was negligent, you may be able to recover damages. The law in relation to boat accidents varies from Province to Province and in addition the circumstances of an accident may cause Maritime or Admiralty law to take precedence.

Our Toronto boat accident lawyers ensure that you get a fair deal by using risk free contingency fee arrangements. You will be given free advice on how best to pursue your claim and what actions you should take to preserve your legal rights. For no cost advice on marine law without obligation just complete the contact form and a specialist Toronto boating accident lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim.

Toronto Boat Accident - Facts & Figures

  • There are almost 1,000,000 recreational vessels registered nationwide.
  • In 2003 there were Over 20 boating fatalities, almost 300 injuries.
  • Three quarters of all boating accidents involved males.
  • Over one third of boating accidents were directly attributable to the use of alcohol and the cause of the majority of fatalities was alcohol related.
  • About 70% of fatal boating accident victims drowned with most of the remainder being subject to serious trauma. Data indicates that more than half of those drowned could have been saved by wearing lifejackets.
  • The most common accident was a crash with another vessel however, capsizing and falls overboard are the most reported types of fatal accidents and accounted for over half (57%) of all boating fatalities.
  • Any boating accident that involves a fatality, injuries requiring medical treatment beyond first aid or reaches the property damage threshold must by law be reported to the state boating authority.
  • Three out of four recreational boating fatalities occurs on boats of less than 26 feet in length and three quarters of the victims drown.
  • Operator inattention / carelessness / recklessness / negligence / inexperience, and excessive speed are the leading contributing factors of all reported accidents.
  • 27 children age 12 and under lost their lives while boating in 2003
  • 80% of all reported fatalities occurred where the boat operator had not been trained in safety procedure.