Injured In A Boat Accident?

Los Angeles Boat Accident Attorneys

Boating accidents can occur when extreme caution is not exercised by the drivers of the boat or the captain. If alcohol or drugs are consumed during the boat ride, the passengers and driver subject themselves to severe risk of injury and even possibly death.

Liability & Burden of Proof for Plaintiffs in a Boating Accident Lawsuit

An injured passenger or driver or a sailboat or motorboat can be entitled to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another boat's operator/driver's negligence. The cause and effect must be shown and proven. Generally, each boat has the responsibility to operate on waters diligently and with due care and caution.

Liability questions may arise and get tricky if your boat hits a wave, which then causes the collision with another boat. If your boat hits a dock or submerged rock, then that can be a different issue as well.

Boating Accident Injuries

A boat accident can inflict injuries to any and all parts of your body. Lacerations, broken bones, orthopedic injuries, burns and other serious physical harm can result. Head, neck and back injuries are certainly the most common, but marine accidents also cause injuries to internal organs as well as arms and legs.

If you have been involved or injured in a boating accident, Jacoby& Meyers can help you. Our team of Los Angeles boat accident lawyers are available to discuss your case with you during your consultation and help you obtain the medical treatment and care you need, while fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.

Statistics & Liability

Recreational boating is popular throughout the Pacific coast, and especially in California where thousands of boats travel every year. California’s lakes, rivers, and the Pacific ocean offer some of the most beautiful scenery and opportunity for enjoyment, relaxation and recreation for sailors, boaters, fishers and skiers. Boats range in size from small, personal watercrafts, to ski boats and houseboats. In addition to its recreational uses, California’s waterways serve as vital passageways for commercial vessels like barges.

  • Boating Injury Statistics

    Unfortunately, with such traffic comes consequential accidents. When someone is operating a boat or other watercraft recklessly, such as while intoxicated, even the most careful boater is at risk of injury or even death.

    According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, from 1999 to 2008, there have been 8,386 boating accidents. Such accidents are extremely dangerous. According to the Department, these accidents have resulted in 4,663 injured persons. This means that if you are involved in a boating accident, there is a 55% chance you will suffer an injury. In addition, 502 people have died in a boating accident from 1999-2008. Aside from the injuries that are sustained in boating accidents, such accidents are extremely expensive. Boating accidents have resulted in over $49,000,000 in property damage from 1999 to 2008.

  • Liability for Boating Accidents

    When an individual victim suffers injuries or even dies (which brings rise to a wrongful death claim) as a result of another's negligence in a boating accident, the boat operator or owner may be held liable for such damages. In boating accident matters, our attorneys work with a team of investigators and medical experts to reconstruct the accident scene and understand the client's claim for monetary damages. Our personal injury attorneys will make sure you get the resources to handle your injuries, regardless of whether your accident requires long-term care. We will work to make sure you have the financial resources, support and care to overcome any injuries.

    Our attorneys can help you. We work on a contingency basis, which means we do not get paid unless you do. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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