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California Boating Accident Lawyers

Responsible boating is a fun hobby. Within certain families, the sport is passed down from generation to generation. However, those who are not been properly trained to operate a vessel can create a dangerous environment for others.

Boating can be enjoyed as a solitary adventure, but it can also be an unforgettable bonding experience with family and friends. Though you may be well versed in responsible boating, you are sharing the waterways with other boat operators who may not operate their boats responsibly.

Irresponsible boat operators may be intoxicated with alcohol and/or drugs, they may be driving their boat too fast, they may be too inexperienced and without proper training, or they may be attempting an unsafe or reckless maneuver. Unfortunately, the negligence of irresponsible boaters may result in personal injury to you, your family, or your friends. In times like these, you need an experienced California boat accident lawyer.

There is an extensive list of negligent behaviors that may result in a boating accident disaster. In some circumstances, boating accidents may end in serious injury or even death. You, your family, and your friends deserve to be fairly compensated if injuries occur due to the negligence of a boat operator. It is nearly impossible to navigate the legal waters without the representation of a skilled attorney. The California boating accident lawyers at The May Firm have award-winning experience handling boating accident cases.

Contact The May Firm now, at 1-844-MAY-FIRM.
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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. Regardless of how the boating accident occurred, you should always consult with a good boating accident attorney BEFORE you speak with your insurance company or the insurance company of another party.

Insurance companies use sneaky, ruthless tactics to get away with not paying out full compensation. It is not uncommon to be mistreated by your own insurance company. The only way to be fairly compensated is to hire an experienced boating accident attorney. The May Firm knows how to win full compensation for our clients. We are aware of the in-and-out of insurance companies; therefore we will be the best suited lawyers in California to help you win your case.

Boat Accident
Injury Statistics

California has some of the most scenic waterways in the nation. It is no wonder so many people own or rent boats.

The unfortunate reality of having a high number of boat owners is that there is also a high number of boating accidents.

  • In 2012, California had the highest number of alcohol related boating accidents that resulted in death.
  • The California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways reports that in there were 473 boating accidents in 2012 with 247 injuries and 53 fatalities.
  • Also, according to The California Division of Boating and Waterways, there were 531 boating accidents in 2013.
  • Furthermore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, the state of California has the second highest number of boat related injuries and fatalities in the United States, being beat out only by the state of Florida.

When Do Boating Accidents Occur?

Though boating accidents can happen at any time, there are times during which the risk of boating accident is great. The most common day of the week for a boating accident to occur is on Saturday. The peak time for boating accidents is between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Also, most boating accidents happen in the month of July.

If you have a flexible schedule, you may want to plan accordingly and plan to be on the water when it is safer. Be careful while operating the boat, and do not engage in distracted behaviors while behind the wheel of a boat. It is very important to be on guard for negligent boat operators. If you notice a boat operator that is acting with negligence, do not hesitate to contact the local waterway patrol.

Speak with our California Boating Accident Lawyers

If you are in a boating accident on a California waterway and need the best boating accident attorney in California, please contact The May Firm today. You can also reach out to us by completing our online form, and we will follow up with you or call us at 1-844-MAYFIRM.

At The May Firm, we provide a free and fully confidential initial consultation. All of our cases are taken at no out-of-pocket cost to our clients. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that when your case settles we collect a small portion of those fees as payment. The May Firm has offices throughout California in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Diego, Fresno, and Bakersfield. Do not wait any longer- contact The May Firm now! Let our family, help your family.

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