Boating Accidents – Accident Lawyer Stockton
California offers a lot of outdoor activities to its residents and visitors alike, including boating on California’s many reservoirs, lakes, rivers and beaches. And just like any other type of motorized vehicle, boating accidents occur and if you have gotten injured in a boating accident, make sure to contact an attorney as you may have a claim against the boat owner or operator.
Like many sports, water sports and boating always carry the risk of collisions with solid obstacles, however, usually, these injuries aren’t as common as accidental injuries from boat drivers and their passengers. Boat injuries and accidents are commonly due to inattention, negligence, recklessness and lack of boating education. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that passengers and operators error to blame in 34% of all accidents that cause injury or death so make sure to contact a boat accident attorney who can get you the compensation you deserve.
According to statistics, 80% of boating accidents are caused by inexperienced or untrained boat operators. Driving a boat is not like driving a car and it’s important that everyone has the minimum training needed to safely operate a boat before engaging in water activities. Likewise, a significant number of boating accidents also happen because of intoxication. Operating a boat or a Jet Ski with a blood-alcohol concentration that exceeds the legal limit makes operators liable for criminal and civil penalties.
Boat operators and passengers have a responsibility toward other people in and around their vessels and the courts will uphold this liability if drivers or passengers are found to have caused an accident through negligence, resulting in injury or death. A boating accident can leave you with serious personal injuries such as a head or brain injury and negligent lawsuits can guarantee you will be compensated appropriately to cover any medical bills, physical and mental therapy, legal fees, lost wages due to disability or burial costs if the injury results in death.
The federal government defines negligence as operating in a behavior that endangers the “life, limb or property of other people” so if you have been injured in a boating accident due to others’ negligence, make sure to contact an experienced attorney.