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Case Results

  • Judgment for wrongful death of pedestrian struck by motor vehicle.

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    $1,900,000
  • Bike vs. motor vehicle collision resulting in low back injuries. Disputed liability.

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    $800,000
  • Speeding vehicle struck client’s parked car*

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    $950,000
  • Client was rear-ended resulting in low back injury*

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    $1,475,000
  • Clients were rear ended by a utility vehicle*

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    $2,300,000

San Luis Obispo Boating Accident Attorney


Unfortunately, thousands of individuals are hurt in accidents involving watercraft and boats every single year. Due to California's beautiful weather and extensive access to waterways, the numbers of accidents are higher here than in other states. In the event that you have recently been injured in an accident that was caused by another person's negligent or reckless behavior while on a boat, you may be eligible to recover compensation after consulting with an experienced attorney.

Accidents on the water have the possibility of causing critical injuries or even fatalities, whether the collision occurs on jet skis, speedboats, cruise ships, a personally owned vessel, party boats or sailboats. One of the most important steps to take immediately after an accident like this is to determine liability and fault in watercraft accidents. Unfortunately, this process can be extremely complex and  that is why  it is recommended that you consult with an attorney sooner rather than later.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways shares that 244 boating accidents happened when a boat was simply cruising, while another 72 boating accidents occurred due to a boat just drifting in the water. Far too many of these catastrophic accidents were the result of water skiing and high speed collisions, but any type of accident can prove fatal when it happens out on the open water.

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Common Types and Causes of Boating Accidents

Many San Luis Obispo boating accidents involve a wreck between two or more vessels. Some of the other common types of boating accidents includes skier mishaps, sinking, flooding, capsizing, grounding, falls overboard, and crashes with submerged objects.

Human error is one of the most common causes of a boating accident that leads to injuries or even fatalities. In fact, the most common cause of California boating accidents involve operator negligence. An at fault boat operator can be found liable for victims' losses, damages, and injuries. However, operators alone are not totally responsible for 100% of boating accidents. Machinery failure can be responsible for up to 9% of all crashes. If a defective boat part causes an accident, an injured victim may have recourse to pursue several different personal injury claims.

Any victim of a mechanical malfunction on the water should make sure to keep their watercraft so that it can be evaluated later on. In the state of California, operators and owners of boats are responsible for following federal and state laws associated with operation and maintenance of watercraft. Boat operators are forbidden from driving negligently or recklessly- in any way that could endanger others. It is also the responsibility of any California boat operator to have an appropriate number of life jackets on board, as well as fire extinguishers.

Next Steps for Victims in Boating Accidents

Victims and their family members should know about their rights in these particular situations. Operators and owners have a serious responsibility to pilot craft in a safe and a legal manner. Safety, while operating, must be top priority. Careless or reckless operation, boat malfunction, inexperience, and operation of a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol often result in far too many boating accidents.

In the entire United States, California has the second biggest accident rate involving boats. There are nearly one million watercrafts such as sailboats, powerboats, personal watercraft, pleasure boats, and jet skis registered across California alone. Boating accidents frequently result in personal injuries while on the boat, boat disappearance, sinking, or collisions with other boats.

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Many boat operators assume that it is okay to drive under the influence of alcohol because they are out on the water and not on the open road. This tragic misconception leads to too many fatalities in California every year. In the event that you have recently been injured in a watercraft accident in California, you may need to pursue compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Make sure you write down any specific details about how the crash occurred, take pictures of the damaged boat and any injuries you have sustained, and obtain contact information for anyone on the boat with you or any witnesses who saw the accident. It is also important to make an official report, get immediate medical attention, and hire an experienced San Luis Obispo boating accident attorney as soon as possible.

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    Robert, Cameron and his staff are great. From day one the expectations were explained and updates were always provided. Robert put me at ease by reassuring me the case would be handled appropriately from beginning to end. I give him and his staff credit for the quick resolve to my case.

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    Highly reliable and responsible team of sharp professionals. As a client, I am grateful for the assistance and help in my personal injury case. They took care of every aspect of the process being very supportive and responsive to my every question and concern. I highly recommend The May Firm as the most professional team of personal injury lawyers in California.

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    If I ever need a lawyer again I’m calling the May Firm. I was rear ended and had a ton of bills. They told me what my rights were and that they would take care of me. All I had to do was get to physical therapy. They did everything and I ended up with a very nice settlement and a new car. Thank you!!!! You exceeded my expectations!!!

    Auto Accident, Amanda Allen
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    Dog Bites & Attacks, Jeanne Mello
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At The May Firm, we're experienced with all areas of personal injury law. When you approach our firm, you'll quickly notice a refreshing difference. At our accident law firm, you're not just another case. You'll be treated with the same level of care and compassion that we'd show for our own family.
Unlike other jack of all trades lawyers, we only take personal injury cases. That means you can expect the best legal expertise available. If you've been injured in an accident, we're standing by to answer your questions. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our staff.

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