Boating Accidents

The lawyers of Gilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C. practice personal injury law involving boat accidents all over the State of Iowa. Call or email us now and one of our experienced attorneys would be happy to answer any questions you have and talk about helping you with your Iowa boating accident case.


Owners and operators of boats are required to comply with both federal and Iowa law regarding the care and operation of watercraft. These laws prohibit anyone from operating a watercraft in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner that endangers the life, limb, or property of any person. These safety duties apply to all types of vessels including motorboats, sailboats and personal watercraft.

If an operator of a watercraft violates any of these duties, the operator and the owner of the boat can be liable for any resulting injuries to persons and property.

Common violations that lead to boating accidents include:

  • Operating a watercraft while intoxicated.

  • Failure to maintain a proper lookout for other boats, persons in the water, or obstructions in the water.

  • Operating at unsafe speeds.

  • Attempting unsafe turns and stops.

  • Allowing underage and/or inexperienced persons to operate the vessel.

  • Failure to comply with restricted speed areas.

  • Failure to obey buoys or state approved signs.

  • Operating at night without the proper lights.

Many boating accidents may be investigated by the United States Coast Guard or local law enforcement agencies. However, it can be very important in water related accidents to take quick action in investigating the case including:

  • Arranging to have evidence such as the boat stored and maintained in an unrepaired state.

  • Interviewing eyewitnesses and others that may have responded to the accident including law enforcement personnel.

  • Arranging to have qualified experts inspect and analyze the scene and the retained evidence.

Call or email us now, and our lawyers will be happy to talk to you about your Iowa boat accident case, and answer your questions without charge or obligation.