My boat was in an accident with another boat near Boston. The incident caused injury. I am the owner but I was not driving nor was I on the boat. I am being sued. A passenger in the other boat suffered injuries. I had loaned my boat to a friend and the other party is claiming he was inattentive and operating the boat at excessive speed. What are my options?
Even though you were not physically onboard when the accident occurred, you may be legally liable for the injuries to the passengers on the other boat. For example, if you “negligently entrusted” the boat to a friend and he directly caused the injuries, you may be held indirectly responsible. “Negligent entrustment” occurs where the owner of a boat loans it to another without reasonably determining if the person is capable and qualified to operate the vessel. You should seek the advise of a maritime personal injury lawyer to defend your interests.
The Boston Maritime Personal Injury Attorneys at our firm provide legal representation to individuals in the greater Boston area and handle cases involving boating accidents and injuries. We represent individuals and business from the Boston Metrowest region including the cities and towns of: Wellesley, Needham, Dedham, Dover, Westwood, Norwood, Medfield, Millis, Holliston, Sherborn, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley.