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 passed down from generation to generation. Boating can be enjoyed as a solitary adventure when you just need to get away from it all. Boating can also be an unforgettable bonding experience with family and friends. All too often, however, you are sharing the waterways with other boat operators who are not responsible in their behavior. Their negligence may cause personal injury to you, your family, or friends. In times like these, you need an experienced California boat accident lawyer.
Irresponsible boat operators may be intoxicated with alcohol and/or drugs, they 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. These are all recipes for a boating accident disaster that can result in serious injury or even loss of life. You, your family, and/or friends deserve to fairly compensated if injuries occur due to the negligence of a boat operator. Unfortunately, however, it is nearly impossible to navigate the legal waters without the representation of a skilled attorney with solid experience handling boating accident 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 the type of boating accident, you should always consult with a good boating accident attorney before you speak with the insurance company of the at-fault party’s. Insurance companies use sneaky, ruthless tactics to get away with not paying out what they should. The only way to be fairly compensated is to hire a good boating accident attorney and let them deal with the insurance companies.
California has some of the most scenic waterways in the nation. It’s no wonder so many people own or rent boats. However, the other side of this coin is a lot of boating accidents. 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. 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.
If you are going boating, be careful out there and be on guard for negligent boat operators. Keep in mind too that most boating accidents happen in the month of July and the peak time for boating accidents is between 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Boating accidents occur most often on Saturdays. If you have a flexible schedule, you may want to plan accordingly and plan to be on the water when it is safer.
If you are in a boating accident on a California waterway and need the best boating accident lawyers in California, please contact The May Firm by completing our online form or calling us at (888) 510-2933. We provide a free and fully confidential initial consultation. All of our cases are taken on a contingency basis so you do not pay anything unless we successfully settle your case or win your case in court. Keep in mind too that the laws that govern boating safety and regulations are different in every state. The May Firm has offices throughout California including San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Fresno & Bakersfield.