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Boating Accident Lawyers

A day out on the water may feel like a blissful escape from everyday life. But in seconds, a boating accident can change that life entirely.

Many people don’t stop to think just how dangerous boating can be – especially when there is drinking, high levels of speed, or other distracted or negligent behavior involved. Though, boating accidents can still occur even when you are following all the laws.

There are both federal and local laws in place to protect boaters. There are also California maritime laws, too. If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact Curtis Legal Group. You may be entitled to compensation.

Common Types of Boating Accidents

So, just what type of boating accidents commonly occur in California waterways? These include:

  • Drowning
  • Falling overboard
  • Slips and falls
  • Boating collision
  • Wake damage
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Flooding and sinking
  • Fires or explosions
  • Propeller accidents
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Collisions with non-watercraft, such as docks, piers, sandbars, rocks, etc.

These accidents can just happen out of the blue without any logical explanation. However, they typically will have a reason – here are 5 common ways they occur.

Inexperienced boater. Despite regulations, many times people jump at the opportunity to drive a boat without any formal training or understanding of navigation rules. This is one of the most common reasons boating accidents occur.

Distracted boater. A lot goes on while onboard a boat which means there are often a lot of distractions. Fishing, conversations, drinking, music, and so forth – and not paying attention to things like other boats or watercraft, the water depth, the weather, the boat’s condition, and other hazards could lead to an accident.

Boating under the influence. According to the laws in California, it is not only illegal to drink and drive a car, but it is also illegal to drink and operate a boat. All too often alcohol and being out of the water seem to go hand-in-hand, but the combination can be deadly.

Failure to look out. If you are operating a boat, you need to have your eyes focused on the water and your surroundings at all times as you look for threats up ahead. Depending on the size of the boat,  you may even have to rely on someone else to look out with you. If you or that other lookout loses focus, you could end up dealing with a boating accident.

Speeding too fast. It is fun to be out on the water and have the wind blowing through your hair and the water spraying you as you speed through waves on your boat. Unfortunately, speed is not always a good thing – especially in certain areas or in certain water conditions. Without experience or without using good judgment, the combination of speeding and boating can be disastrous.

California Boating Accident Attorneys

Curtis Legal Group has extensive experience in helping boaters pick up the pieces after a boating accident. Recovering money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and more may return life to what it was before the accident, but it sure can help make healing a bit more comfortable.

We will do a thorough review of your case, investigate the boating accident, and determine who should be held liable for the accident. These cases are commonly cleared up and settled outside of court. But, occasionally, they do end up going to trial. Either way, the professional team of experts at Curtis Legal Group is ready to fight for you.

Contact us today at 1-800-LAW-3080.


Frequently Asked Questions About Boat Accidents

Do boating accidents have to be reported?

Each state and locale may have its own laws concerning reporting. In California, a boating accident must be reported to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) by the boat’s owner or operator in the following incidences:

Boating accidents must be reported within 48 hours in incidents involving:

  • A death that occurs within 24 hours of a boating accident
  • The disappearance of a person
  • Injury involving more than simple first aid

Boating accidents involving the following must be reported within 10 days:

  • A death that occurs more than 24 hours after a boating accident
  • Property damage greater than $500, or the complete loss of a vessel
When do most boating accidents occur?

A boating accident can happen anytime you get on the water, so you always want to be diligent. Most of them occur during the summer months when there are more people on the water.

How long do I have to file a claim after a boating accident?

Generally, in California, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a legal claim regarding your injuries. If more time has elapsed, talk to your attorney as the law may vary in how it applies to your situation.

Who is usually liable for a boating accident?

Quite frequently it is the operator of the boat, but a thorough investigation is required to legitimately determine who should be held accountable for an accident.