With 3,400 miles of shoreline and 8,000 square miles of inland water, California is home to one of the largest concentrations of recreational watercraft use in the nation. There were 570 watercraft accidents in California in 2010, resulting in 49 deaths and 283 injuries. Los Angeles is home to some of the State’s most popular lakes and waterways, including Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake, Bonelli Park Lake, and Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. Los Angeles is also home to some of the State’s most popular harbors and boat launches, including Marina Del Rey, King harbor, LA Harbor, and Amitos Bay.
In 2011, Los Angeles County Sheriff Boat Deputies contacted over 7000 boaters for law enforcement reasons, Los Angeles boating accidents, rescue activity, disabled vessels, medical aid, and boating fatalities on Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake. During the boating season, the Parks Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Boating Enforcement Unit conducted several Boating Under the Influence (“BUI”) operations at both Pyramid and Castaic Lakes in an effort to prevent Los Angeles boat accidents and deaths. In 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Boat Deputies underwent an Advanced Boat Accident Investigation Courses presented by members of the California Department of Boating and Waterways, focusing on Los Angeles boat accident reconstruction and Boating Law enforcement.
According to the US Coast Guard, the top five causes of Los Angeles watercraft accidents are operating inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use. While drivers of automobiles typically undergo formal training and examination, there are no similar requirements for boat operators in Los Angeles. As a result, a great many Los Angeles boaters lack the training and experience needed to properly operate their watercrafts.
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Los Angeles boating accidents cause more serious injuries than automobile accidents. Unlike, automobiles, the only protection that riders have in the event of a collision or other mishap, is limited to their life vests and other on board safety systems. It is extremely important to take the appropriate steps to prevent and protect yourself from a Los Angeles boating accident injury. Riders should make sure to wear the appropriate life jackets, brightly colored clothing, and to ensure that all the boat’s safety systems are properly maintained.
Alcohol also plays a large role in Los Angeles boating accidents, and the state has strict laws against boating under the influence (BUI). However, merely having a designated driver is not sufficient, as drunk and intoxicated passengers still pose a risk of distracting the operator or falling overboard. The Los Angeles Boating Accident Attorneys are well versed in prosecuting accident claims against drunk drivers.
Los Angeles Boat accidents can have devastating effect on their victims. Collisions involving boats present unique challenges for prosecution of your Los Angeles injury claim. Most vessel owners fail to maintain adequate insurance coverage and insurance companies will often try to demonize the injured riders and wrongfully deny their claims.
Los Angeles boating accident injuries are not limited to riders alone. Many Los Angeles boating accidents result from sports accidents, such as water skiing, tubing accidents, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. All of which can lead to serious injuries.
We Can Help You Recover The Compensation You Deserve
Insurance companies employee armies of investigators, experts, and other professionals to protect their "bottom line." You need an advocate on your side that is a skilled negotiator, to ensure you get the maximum recovery for your Los Angeles boating accident. An experienced Los Angeles watercraft accident lawyer at the B&D Law Group, APLC will fight to make sure you are adequately compensated for your Los Angeles boating accident injuries.
The experienced Los Angeles Boat Accident Lawyers at the B&D Law Group, APLC realize that Los Angeles boating accidents can result in serious adverse impacts and we here to help you through these difficult times. Our skilled Los Angeles boat crash lawyers intimately understand both Federal and California laws relating to the use of boats on Los Angeles' public waterways. We are familiar with the mechanics of a Los Angeles boating accident and the aftermath of resulting injuries, and will help you get the compensation you deserve.
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