Nashville Boating Accident Lawyers

One reason Nashville is such a desirable place to live is the abundance of surrounding natural beauty. Locals and tourists alike can access any of our nearby lakes or rivers to escape the relentless summer heat and spend a leisurely day with friends and family. Sadly, these perfect moments can be upended in the event of a tragic boating accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident because of someone else’s reckless actions, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers can help.

Boats can be incredibly dangerous when boaters ignore safety measures and willingly put innocent lives at risk. For swimmers, kayakers, jet-skiers, or boat passengers injured in an accident, the consequences can be life-altering and even fatal. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported that, so far, 24 people have been killed in boating accidents across the state in 2020, a 200 percent increase compared to the previous year.

At Bill Easterly & Associates, we have experience handling these types of cases and understand how the law applies to negligent boaters. To learn more about how we can help you take legal action and pursue financial compensation, call a Nashville boating accident lawyer today at (615) 244-2222.

Why You Need a Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating laws exist to keep the water safe and to offer protections for injured victims. However, holding negligent boaters responsible can be difficult without a specialized boating accident attorney’s help and experience. Boating accident injuries can be incredibly serious, resulting in long-term disability. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident while also trying to navigate the nuances of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be overwhelming. A boating accident attorney can handle every step of your case while you focus on your health and recovery.

The attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates will put their skills and experience to work right away and won’t let up until they win. After an initial consultation, your attorney will determine all laws, statutes, and jurisdictions relevant to your case. From there, they will get access to the accident report, medical records, and anything else to help them determine the cause of the accident and who was at fault. An attorney will also make sure you meet all of the deadlines for your case, so you don’t miss your chance at recovering compensation.

It’s common for large insurance providers to contact victims and try to trick them into saying something that will damage their chances of receiving compensation. A boating accident lawyer knows these tactics, and more importantly, knows how to handle insurance companies who want nothing more than to deny or undervalue your claim. The Nashville boating accident lawyers will handle all communication and negotiations with insurance companies to help get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Hire Bill Easterly & Associates?

Finding the right law firm to represent you is a major decision and one that can have a serious impact on the outcome of your boating accident case. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we have over 25 years of combined personal injury litigation experience and have handled thousands of injury cases that resulted in millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We have put in the time and effort to earn the respect of our clients and our colleagues in the legal community.

When you hire a Nashville boating accident attorney, you don’t become just another name on our client list. You will be a top priority, and we will leverage all of our experience and resources to create a strong and compelling case, no matter how much financial compensation we expect to win. After taking the time to get to know you and your legal goals, our attorneys will formulate the best legal strategy that we know will deliver results.

Bill Easterly & Associates values its reputation as a law firm that treats its clients with individualized care and compassion. Above all else, we value your future and will not relent until we recover every dollar you deserve.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

In the same way that we expect drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel to avoid an accident, we expect boaters to operate their vessels on the water safely. This means knowing and obeying the law. Unfortunately, boaters across Nashville and the state of Tennessee choose to participate in careless behavior, such as speeding or boating under the influence, endangering innocent lives.

While there are instances where a boating accident is truly an accident, many could have been avoided had the driver or some other party acted responsibly. You may have a case if you were injured in an accident caused by any of the following:

  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Reckless boating
  • Inexperienced driver
  • Operator inattention
  • Speeding
  • Overloaded watercraft
  • Improper lookout

In addition to driver negligence, boat accidents can happen due to defective equipment, insufficiently lit boats or docks, a lack of warning signs, and debris in the water. All of these factors can cause serious and expensive property damage to your watercraft. In more severe accidents, the results can be devastating and harmful to human life, including drowning, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and even death.

Boating Regulations in Tennessee

Even though the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency patrols lakes across the Nashville area, enforcing the law, issuing citations, and making arrests, they don’t always catch every negligent boater before tragedy strikes. One leading cause of boat accidents is boating under the influence of alcohol. Just like with a DUI on any road across Nashville, individuals cannot legally drive a boat with a blood-alcohol level of .08% or above. If a boater is found to be intoxicated at the time of your accident, they will face criminal charges along with a civil lawsuit suing for damages.

Another common action that can lead to a tragic accident on the water is reckless boating. Under Tennessee boating laws, individuals found guilty of reckless boating could face serious fines and up to six months in jail with additional jail time and fines in the event of injuries. Some of the most common reckless boating acts include the following:

  • Excessive speeding in crowded areas
  • Boating in areas designated for swimming
  • Excessive speeding when visibility is limited (such as in bad weather)
  • Having too many passengers
  • More passengers than life jackets

In any of the above scenarios, a judge can hold the owner of the watercraft liable for damages and injuries, even if they were not on the boat or present at the time of the accident. In these cases—unless the watercraft was stolen or used without the owner’s consent—we could take legal action against both the boat operator and owner.

How Long Do I Have to File My Case?

Although the consequences of a boating accident can impact you for the rest of your life, you only have a small amount of time to take legal action and pursue financial compensation. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and it varies based on the particular case and between states.

Unlike other states, Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is one year. This means you only have one year from the accident date to file your personal injury lawsuit in court. You will most likely try to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit. If the insurance company fails to offer you a fair settlement within one year, you can take your case to court. If you miss that one-year deadline, the court will most likely dismiss your case.

There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations’ one-year time limit:

  • Discovery rule – In some cases, injuries may not be apparent in the moments immediately following an accident. If this is the case, the statute of limitations will begin when the victim discovers their injuries.
  • Wrongful death – If a victim dies from their injuries following a boat accident, the deceased’s surviving spouse, surviving children, or next of kin can take legal action on their behalf. Surviving family members have one year from the decedent’s death to file a claim (as opposed to one year from the date of the accident).

To make sure you don’t take legal action too late and miss your chance at financial compensation, contact a Tennessee boating accident attorney as soon as possible following your injuries.

Contact Bill Easterly & Associates Today

At Bill Easterly & Associates, we understand how devastating boating accidents are to victims and their families. Our team of attorneys has decades of experience handling these types of cases and knows what it takes to build a strong and successful case to give you the best chance at recovering compensation.

Unfortunately, boating accident injuries are rarely minor, and many require expensive surgeries, extensive medical treatment, and lifelong rehabilitation. It’s time to hold this negligent boater or boat owner responsible. To learn more about how the Nashville boating accident attorneys can help you through this dark period, contact us today at (615) 244-2222 and schedule a free consultation.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

How Our Tennessee Attorneys Can Help You

No case is too small or too large for our team of experienced attorneys. We have the skills and resources it takes to pursue all types of personal injury cases. If you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party, we want to make sure you are compensated, and the negligent party is held responsible. We start by getting to you know and the facts surrounding your case.

Every case is unique, and we treat them as such, priding ourselves on making sure you have our full attention and focusing our efforts on building a successful case for you. Here’s how we can help:


Investigate Your Claim: We want to get to the bottom of the “how” and “why” of your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your incident. This allows us to gather evidence that can strengthen your case and help us identify all responsible parties involved. Leave all the legwork and paperwork to our team.


Build a Compelling Case: With evidence in hand, we work to build a strong and compelling case in your favor. Whether we are going to court or negotiating with an insurance company, by building a solid case, we can help you maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover.


We Are Your Advocate: Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties will not take you seriously unless you have an aggressive attorney on your side who fights for your rights. These parties may use tactics that manipulate or take advantage of a victim in order to keep from paying out hefty compensation packages. Having an attorney backing you up signals to these parties you are serious about getting everything you are entitled to.


Focus on What’s Important: You. Your health and safety are what’s most important. Let us tackle the paperwork, the negotiating, and the back and forth, while you focus on your health and the well-being of your family. Trusting the team at Bill Easterly & Associates takes an immense weight off of your shoulders.


Demand the Full Compensation You Deserve

We genuinely believe that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligent and dangerous wrongdoing. For this reason, you can trust our legal team to do everything within our professional power to make sure you are not stuck with the financial repercussions of a serious injury-causing accident. We are ready to put decades of experience and practice to work for you! To schedule your free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

Hear From Our Clients
Tristan Vogel

Bill & his team handled my injury case with total professionalism and respect. I was never left out of the conversation and if I had a question, they had an answer. Never having been through anything like this before I was worried it would be a stressful headache. Fortunately this wasn’t the case. Between his team and the other party’s insurance we settled for higher than I expected/demanded. I highly recommend his office and will be sure to send anyone I know in need of help their way. Many thanks you all!

Jeffrey L.

“I endorse this lawyer. I went to school with Bill and he is truly among the best and brightest lawyers out there.”

Marcus H.

“When I hired Bill to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, I was receiving $238 per week while out of work. Bill found an error in the way the insurance company calculated my wages, and he got my weekly check raised to $352 almost immediately. This couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Michael L.

“Bill Easterly & Associates let me know just what I needed to do during my time of need. If I had any questions they took the time to answer them. His office kept me informed and up to date on my case.”

William G.

“I worked for a company for 36 years when I was severely injured on the job. I spent over a year working with the state to get my worker’s compensation case taken care of & wasn’t having much luck. I decided to ask for help. I called Bill Easterly & Associates, & spoke with Bill, who was very friendly. Right away Bill & his staff began to work on my case. After just a few short months Bill & his team reached a settlement I was more than pleased with! I am thankful for Bill & his team; without them I would not have been able to receive the assistance I needed.”

Steve S.

“Bill Easterly & Associates, took care of every detail from start to finish with my case. If not for their extreme persistence, I would not have received any medical help nor assistance with all the bills that my employer refused to help me with when they were legally responsible. I was shocked when my settlement was reached for the sum they told me I would receive from the first day I chose them. I was able to relocate to Florida & join my family with a new lease on life.”

James C.

“Bill, I want to thank both you, Craig, and Jim for all the work that was put into yesterday’s trial. I realize that the Judge’s ruling was a direct reflection of the work that you put into my case. I thank you and can’t wait to share your name with others!!!!!”

Sam K.

“I am very appreciative for Bill Easterly & his staff. They helped my family & I during an extremely troublesome time & for this I have extreme gratitude. They are the best!”

Tracy T.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very professional, honest, polite, and respectable of my needs. They were very accommodating in assisting me with a troubled time. I would definitely refer attorney Easterly to anyone in need of a lawyer.”

Nellie G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very helpful to me when I needed someone. I just want to thank him for getting all the bills paid & taking care of my needs. I want to let you know how grateful I was for your staff’s assistance. Whenever I called or left messages they were quick to call me back, as well as very helpful & knowledgeable.”

Mia G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates have been wonderful to our family. The firm fought for a fair settlement for my case and took away all of the stress that came with my accident. Bill and our assigned paralegal were very nice and kept me informed and updated on my case. Bill Easterly himself was available to answer questions that I had and that made me feel special and that he truly cared about my case. This firm shows total professionalism. Great job! I highly recommend this firm!”


“Bill Easterly and Associates are the best!!! I had a workman’s comp case resulting from an injury at work and they handled everything with compassion, skill, and diligence. They went up and beyond my expectations and I recommend them to everyone!!!!”


“Several years ago I suffered an injury which required surgery and many weeks of additional hospitalization, as well as months of painful recovery. Feeling that I had a real legal issue, I began to dial up some of the more ‘well-known’ legal firms in the Nashville area. However, with each cold, harsh rejection, my heart and hopes sank deeper….until my niece said, “What about this guy, Bill Easterly?”

From the moment Bill & I spoke, I knew I had reached the right person for the job. Bill went to bat for me immediately and stayed with me the whole way, He and his staff answered all my questions knowledgeably and honestly and were always considerate of my needs and wishes. They guided me through a confusing and sometimes frustrating process with the utmost care and professionalism; I felt I couldn’t have been in better hands.

When my case was finally resolved, I was pleased with results. I can truthfully say that now, should the need ever arise again, Bill Easterly and Associates will be the ONLY telephone number I will call for my legal work.”


“Bill and his team went above and beyond for me in two different cases. His office was always able to answer my questions or return my calls. Bill was always happy to help with anything he could, case involved or not. I have and will continue to highly recommend the services of Bill Easterly & Associates to anyone in need!”


“I never worked with an attorney before Bill. After I got hurt at work it took the insurance company several weeks to get me in to see a doctor, and while I was out of work my checks were always late, so a friend suggested I call Bill. He took my case and I immediately began to see my situation get better. His staff took care of scheduling my doctor appointments and made sure that my checks came on time. After the doctor released me to return to work, Bill was able to settle my case in less than three months, and for more money than I ever thought I would get. I highly recommend Bill Easterly & Associates.”

Chris E.

“I had the pleasure of having Bill Easterly and Associates represent me during a worker’s comp. case back in the spring of 2009. During the entire ordeal which involved surgery, and an arduous road to recover, Mr. Easterly and his staff were professional, kind, and worked very hard on my behalf. Mr. Easterly himself worked directly for me, and handled the entire situation with a high degree of care and expertise to the point where I felt like I was the only case he was working on. Furthermore, if I ever had any questions, I knew I could contact Mr. Easterly himself directly to get any issues resolved. I would recommend Mr. Easterly and Associates to anyone looking for excellent legal counsel especially if it involves a worker’s comp. case.”

Randon W.

“Bill Easterly and his team of associates including: Whitney, Annbern, and Bethany are amazing, they have all been like family to me and represented me and my case as if it were their very own. I cannot express how truly thankful I am for the effort and amount of time and work they have put into my case, even through my being impatient under some circumstances. Even though I rarely spoke with them every time I received a phone call or E-mail from Mr. Bill or his associates it has been nothing but great news. I would strongly recommend Bill Easterly and Associates to any and everyone with any type of Workers Comp. or personal injury case to them. I’ve had such a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better job. Thank you guys so much.”

P. Burns

“Bill Easterly and Associate are awesome they took my case and did all they could do to make sure I was stress free and I really appreciate their professionalism and the patience they showed me when I became frustrated. I want to thank you for the work you provided but most of all you and the staff Annbern you are a true angel so mild mannered Whitney your patience Bethany your cheery disposition on the telephone and Mr. Bill Easterly your determination and fight on my behalf thank and may you all continue to be a blessing to all you meet. True Angels here on earth. If you need a team that will fight for you BILL EASTERLY AND ASSOCIATES IS THE BEST WAY TO GO.”

Leslie H.

“GREAT People!!!! GREAT Service!!!!!”

Shannon B.

“I called Mr. Easterly a little over a month ago to take over my case because the attorney I started off with had not even looked at my emails in the three months he was supposed to be working for me… Bill has settled my case/claim already and I could not be happier with the outcome. He had personally made calls to me, which made me feel like a person and not just dollar signs. His paralegal, Whitney, is also amazing. She always returned my emails and calls immediately, and was more than patient with me asking a million questions. I hope no one I know is seriously hurt in an accident like we were, but if so I highly recommend you call Bill Easterly and Associates. Not to mention, Bill Easterly is pretty hot ;).”

Ron M.

“Bill has been my attorney for many years on many cases. I have always been pleased with him and his staff for all they have helped me with. Very professional.”

Mark M.

“Bill Easterly handled my case better and faster than I was told to expect, due to the circumstances of the case. He definitely exceeded my personal expectations and I am more than satisfied with the outcome. Would recommend him to anyone. He’s a great guy.”


“I called several accident law firms and none were as knowledgeable and sincere as this firm. Mr. Easterly and his associates were amazing! They took the time to listen and answer any questions I had. I’m also grateful they helped me deal with the not so helpful insurance company. They went above and beyond! Very pleased!”

Keith R.

“Throughout my entire case, Mr. Easterly and his staff were supportive and diligent in handling my claim. Mr. Easterly provided the one-on-one attention that I needed. Thank you for everything!”

Nicole P.

“Bill Easterly and his staff were very courteous and friendly. They made me feel like family. When I walked into the office you would’ve thought I had known them before. When it came to them assisting with my case they were awesome. If they told you that they were going to do something or call you back they did. Mr. Easterly and staff took care of my case in an effective and timely manner making me feel like I was the only client. This is the kind of attention you need when you are hurt. If I needed assistance again, I would definitely use them. I would recommend him without hesitation! They should be the first and only attorneys you call when in need! Great group of people! Thank you!”

Muyala M.

“Mr. Bill Easterly and his staff are very friendly and reliable. They are ready to answer any questions that I have and let me know step by step what is going on with my case. I really recommend them to anybody.”

Irene F.

“Bill Easterly and his staff are amazing to work with. I met Bill years ago when my little girl got hurt and he has been my go to lawyer ever since. If he doesn’t specialize in something I have questions about he always takes the time to send me in the right direction. His staff is very professional and on top of things at all time. Thank you Bill for everything you have done for my family.”

Valerie C.

“Bill is knowledgeable and professional. The staff is helpful, friendly and prompt to respond to questions or concerns. Would recommend without reservation.”

Brenda B.

“When I interviewed attorneys for my case, Bill Easterly was hands down the best choice! Not only was he straight to the point, his confidence was contagious! Bethany was on top of my case every step of the way! Every step was explained to me and I was prepared for what would happen throughout the process. I told a friend that I loved my attorneys, she said,

“You don’t hear anyone say that, ever!” But I can recommend Easterly and Associates without hesitation!”

Norma B.

“Bill Easterly and Associates took my case when no one else would and got me a decent settlement. I highly recommend them.”

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