There are more than 12 million watercrafts registered in the United States; over 800,000 of them are registered right here in California. According to the United States Coast Guard, there were 4,604 recreational boating accidents in 2010, resulting in 672 deaths, 3,153 injuries, and approximately $35,500,000 in property damage.
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. While less than past years, the accidents still resulted in over $4,040,700 in property damage in California alone.
If you were involved in a boat accident in California, B&D Law Group, APLC can help you work to secure a fair recovery. These types of accidents often result in severe bodily injury. Our attorneys can help you work to recover the compensation you need for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. We handle all types of boat accident cases, including personal watercraft accidents, cruise ship accidents, and more.
Call (888) 563-4092 or submit an online contact form for a free consultation with one of our California boat accident attorneys.
Common Causes of Boat Accidents
While drivers of automobiles typically undergo formal training and examination, there are no similar requirements for boat operators in California. As a result, a great many boaters lack the training and experience needed to properly operate their watercraft.
According to the US Coast Guard, the top five causes of California watercraft accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
Alcohol also plays a large role in boating accidents, and California 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.
Take Action to Prevent Serious Boat Accident Injuries
Boating accidents can cause more serious injuries than automobile accidents. Unlike, automobile drivers and passengers, the only protection that boaters have in the event of a collision or mishap is limited to their life vests and other onboard safety systems.
Boating accident injuries are not limited to riders alone. Many boating accidents result from sports accidents, such as:
- Water skiing
- Tubing accidents
- Jet skiing
It is extremely important to take the appropriate steps to prevent and protect yourself from a boating accident injury. Boaters should make sure to wear the appropriate life jackets, brightly colored clothing, and should ensure that all the boat’s safety systems are properly maintained.
Working for the Maximum Recovery You Deserve
Boat accident claims often present unique challenges and various obstacles. 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.
Our experienced California boat accident lawyers at B&D Law Group understand the state’s boating laws, as well as the difficulties involved in securing just compensation. We also realize that boating accidents can result in devastating, life-altering injuries and fatalities. Our firm is here to guide you and your family through this difficult time. If you have been involved in a boating accident or lost a loved one in a watercraft collision, contact B&D Law Group as soon as possible.
Call (888) 563-4092 to schedule your free case evaluation today.