Which Boats Require Registration in Kansas?
Under Kansas laws, residents are required to register and number all vessels powered by diesel, gasoline, electric motor, or sail. Nonresidents using sailing boats and motorboats registered in another state may operate their vessels in Kansas without registration for a maximum of 60 consecutive days. The following boats and vessels do not require registration:
- Vessels without any type of motor or sail
- Vessels properly registered in another state (up to 60 days)
Which Boats Require Registration in Missouri?
Under Missouri laws, all motorized vessels – watercraft or boats – and any outboard motor (sailboat) that is longer than 12 feet must be titled and registered in the state. These include motorized water bikes, jet skis, and sailboats over 12 feet long. Trolling motors do not require titling or registration.
Types of Boating Accidents
Some of the most common types and causes of boating accidents in Kansas and Missouri include:
- Collisions with other boats or vessels
- Falls overboard
- Equipment failure
- Hitting a wave
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Hitting another boat's wake
- Capsizing, swamping, sinking, or running aground.
- Operator errors
- Accidents involving a skier
- Accidents involving someone on a towable object
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Failure to have adequate safety equipment on board
If you or someone close to you were injured in a boating accident caused by a negligent party, you need to act quickly and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can review and investigate every aspect of your unique circumstances thoroughly, establish liability, and help file your insurance claims.
Liability for a Boating Accident
A number of different individuals or entities may be held responsible for a boating accident depending on the surrounding circumstances or events leading to the crash. These include:
- The driver or owner of the boat the injured was on.
- The driver or owner of the other boat was involved in the accident.
- The dock owner
- Manufacturer of the boat or equipment
- Drunk boating
- Any other party who negligently contributed to the boating accident or your injury.
An experienced Kansas boating accident attorney can seek to identify the responsible party or parties, help prove negligence, and attempt to recover the maximum possible damages.
In order to prove negligence in a boating accident and recover damages, the claimant must show that:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
- The at-fault party breached that duty of care.
- The at-fault party's breach or negligent act caused your injuries.
- You suffered actual harm, bodily injury, or other losses from the accident.
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help prove negligence and pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries.
The following damages may be recovered by filing a boating accident claim in Kansas or Missouri:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of long-term care
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical supplies and medication
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Property Damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical impairment
- Court costs and attorney fees
A skilled attorney can evaluate every last detail of your case and help you seek financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other potential damages.
Work With a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
Getting hurt in a negligent boating accident can be a difficult and unsettling experience. Such an unfortunate incident can affect you physically, financially, and mentally. Regardless, you shouldn't have to suffer the financial liability and challenges all on your own. Therefore, when involved in a boating accident, retaining a skilled personal injury attorney immediately is crucial to protect your best interests and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries.
At Adams Cross, LLC, our attorneys are poised and ready to advocate for your legal rights and help you hold those liable for your boating injuries responsible. Our in-depth understanding of the laws addressing liability in personal injury cases involving boating accidents can help guide you through the often-complex process involved in recovering damages. Above all, we will fight compassionately on your behalf and help you seek the financial compensation you're entitled to.