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Boat Defect / Malfunction Lawyers

Boat defects, although not the most common cause of boating accidents, can prove extremely dangerous when they do exist, potentially leaving any boaters or nearby swimmers seriously injured. Typically, these defects are considered the responsibility of a boat manufacturer or parts producer, as their duty is to create boats and products that will not unduly endanger the lives of those who use their products. Thus, if a boat isn’t manufactured or designed properly and innocent parties are harmed as a result, the manufacturer of the defective piece may be held legally liable for these injuries and related expenses.

The Dangers of Boat Defects

Manufacturers are held accountable for malfunctioning boat parts through a legal principle known as a strict liability. As such, any injuries that a person sustains in a boating accident caused by a defective or malfunctioning boat may be the responsibility of the manufacturer. While any number of parts can be defective, some of the most common defects include:

  • Uncontrollable acceleration defects
  • Loss of steering control
  • Inability to slow or reverse the boat
  • Fuel leakages
  • Electrical malfunctions

These kinds of malfunctions and defects pose a distinct risk to people on the boat, those in the water near the boat, and other boaters.


At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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