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Thousands of people each year are involved in boating or other watercraft accidents, whether due to a collision, equipment malfunction, negligent operation of the vessel, or otherwise. The law can be sort of tricky in this area, depending on what body of water the accident occurred. For instance, the personal injury law for your state may be involved as well as federal maritime or admiralty law. Therefore, you should never try to negotiate a settlement or otherwise deal with these kinds of cases on your own. An attorney will be familiar with the full scope of legal rights and protections available to you under these laws. So if you’ve been injured on a boat, jet-ski, sea doo, other recreational vessel, or even on a cruise ship, understand that you have important legal rights to protect, including the right to compensation for your injuries.