California Boating Accident lawyers
Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary American songwriter and singer, wrote many songs that captured the unique joy one can feel when out on the water. Responsible boating is a fun hobby that is often passed down from generation to generation. Boating can be enjoyed as a solitary adventure when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a quiet day out in the water.
Spending an afternoon out on the boat can also be an enjoyable bonding experience with family and friends. Unfortunately, all too often, you may end up sharing the waterways with other boat operators who are not responsible in their behavior. Their irresponsibility and sheer negligence could cause personal injury or even death to you, your family, or your friends.
Irresponsible boat operators may be under the influence alcohol and/or drugs, which is dangerous and illegal all by itself. In addition, they may be driving their boat too fast or in more populated areas of the lake where collision with another boat is a real possibility.
Operators of sports boats often attempt unsafe or reckless maneuvers at high speeds, which can endanger not only themselves and their passengers but anyone else who happens to be out on the water. It is also possible that a boat operator may be too inexperienced to be out on the water in the first place.
Whatever the circumstances, all are recipes for a boating accident disaster that can result in serious injury or even loss of life. You, your family, and your friends deserve to be fairly compensated if injuries occur due to the negligence of another boat operator. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to navigate the legal waters without the representation of a skilled attorney with solid experience in handling boating accident cases.
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Common Boat Accident Injury Cases
While boat-to-boat collisions are the most common type of boating accidents, some boating accidents occur when a boat collides with another type of recreational water user or another object in the water. A negligent boat operator may irresponsibly collide with a jet skier, scuba diver, snorkeler, surfer, wind surfer, kite surfer, swimmer, rafter, or kayaker.
Boating accidents can also occur due to faulty docks, hidden underwater hazards, accidents with ferries, collisions with buoys, collisions with fishing gear, and a myriad of other maritime mishaps. Water sports, such as water skiing or tubing, can quickly turn catastrophic when the operator of the boat does not act responsibly or with care.
Regardless of the nature of the boating accident, you should always consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in injuries resulting from boating accidents BEFORE you speak with any insurance company. Insurance companies do not play fair and will often use sneaky, ruthless tactics to get away with not paying out what they should to compensate you for your injuries.
The only way to ensure that insurance companies do not succeed in their trickery and that you are adequately compensated is to hire an attorney who specializes in boating accident injuries. Let US deal with the insurance companies!
California Boat Accident Injury Statistics
It is a well-known fact that California is home to some of the most scenic waterways in the nation. Therefore, it’s not surprising that so many people own or rent boats for recreational purposes. With so many boats out on the water, accidents are inevitable, especially when operators are not behaving responsibly.
According to The California Division of Boating and Waterways, there were 531 boating accidents in 2013. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, the state of California consistently has the second-highest number of boating-related injuries and fatalities in the United States.
The California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways reported that there were 473 boating accidents in 2012, 247 of which resulted in injuries and 53 of which were fatal. California also had the highest number of alcohol-related boating accidents resulting in death in the nation in 2012.
When Do Boating Accidents Occur?
The majority of boating accidents occur during the month of July, with accidents reaching their peak between 2:00 and 6:00pm. Boating accidents occur most often on Saturdays. Although a Saturday afternoon may be the most convenient time for many people to go out on the boat and soak in the sun, this convenience could potentially come with a price. Statistically speaking, it is best to avoid going boating on a Saturday afternoon and to stay on dry land during the month of July.
Regardless of when you take the boat out, it is important to be careful! Keep your eyes and ears open and always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t assume that all other boat operators know what they are doing or that they are always going to behave reasonably and responsibly. If a fast-moving boat is quickly approaching in your direction, do not assume that it will avoid you! If you are engaging in water sports, be aware of the location of other boats before getting into the tube or onto the skis and don’t be afraid to bail into the water if you think that you may collide with another boat, person, dock, or other object.