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Mechanical Failures that Lead to Boating Accidents


While many boating accidents are caused by operator negligence or recklessness, in some cases an accident can occur through no one’s fault on the vessel. Mechanical failures cause many boating accidents throughout Tennessee every year, and victims of this type of accident deserve to be compensated for their injuries. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of highly qualified legal professionals is here to hold the right parties accountable for accidents caused by mechanical failure on a boat and get you the money that you need after a crash. To learn more, call or contact our office today for a free consultation.

Engine Failure

Boat engines are complicated pieces of machinery that can fail for a number of different reasons. Belts can snap, the engine can overheat, or a piece within the engine can suddenly just fail. Engine failure can result in a couple of different types of accidents on the water. Certain types of engine mechanical failure can lead to fires on a vessel, which can cause catastrophic injuries for those on board. Mechanical failure in the engine can also lead to a boat dying in the water or a loss of control, which can easily lead to accidents with other vessels or objects in the water that cannot be avoided.

Electrical Failure

It is easy for electrical connections to get wet on a boat, and corroded or shorting electrical components on a vessel have significant potential to cause harm to everyone on board. Electrical failure leads to multiple cases of electrocution on boats annually, which can lead to devastating injuries for victims or even cause death. Electrical shock can happen to those on board as well as those in the water around the boat. Electrical failures can also cause a boat to die in the water, which increases the potential that another vessel may strike it by accident, especially at night or other times when visibility is low, and the lights no longer work on a vessel.

Fuel System Failure

Finally, fuel system failure can take a couple of different forms. In some cases, contaminated fuel can lead to a mechanical failure, especially when it contains water or some other contaminant that leads to incomplete combustion. In other cases, the fuel tank can be corroded and either clog the system or leak fuel that ultimately leads to a fire on the water. Because fuel sits on top of the water, it can lead to situations where a person can be burned even after they abandon the vessel. Whatever the reason for the mechanical failure, if it leads to an injury you need an experienced boating accident lawyer on the case.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Have you or a loved one been injured in a boating accident that was caused by a mechanical failure? If so, you need the knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates representing your interests in the case. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims now.

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