We are the top Los Angeles Boating Accident Lawyers
Los Angeles boat accident attorneys have experience representing personal injury victims. Allow our lawyers to bring legal expertise to their clients’ boat accident personal injury lawsuits not possessed by land based lawyers.
Boat accidents occur primarily because people underestimate the dangers of watercrafts as compared to cars or simply do not understand the nautical “rules of the road” and safety laws. Boating education is crucial to limiting boat accidents. Unfortunately, many states like California do not require any yachting or boating instruction or limit mandatory instruction to operators under a certain age or a vessel over a certain length. This places many people behind the wheel of a yacht, boat or personal watercraft without any specialized knowledge of that vessel’s operating characteristics or even what to do when another yacht, boat or personal watercraft is coming at them.
Other safety precautions that can limit boating and yachting injuries, such as, wearing life jackets or installing “kill switches” (a lanyard device that will turn off an engine if an operator is thrown from a helm station) are not always utilized. The Los Angeles boat accident lawyers at our firm have operated boats, know the navigational rules and safety laws.
Our Los Angeles boat accident lawyers commonly handle personal injuries and deaths involving:
Center Consol Runabouts
Inflatable & Semi Rigid Inflatable Boats
Boating injuries can be caused by many different reasons Most boaters think that since they were simply on the water, they assumed all risks associated with the activity. This is not true. The most frequent situations of where a boat operator may be negligent and, therefore, responsible for an occupant’s injury or injury to the occupant of another vessel include:
Collisions with other watercraft
Contact with propellers
Defective boat construction or repair
Defective boat design
Ejections from the boat due to improper operation or deciding to navigate in heavy weather
Failing to keep a lookout while a guest is skiing or tubing
Hitting a big wave or wake at an unsafe speed or angle
Impacting a fixed object, such as a navigational aid, pier or bridge
Not knowing the navigational rules
Operating at a high speed
Overcrowding & Overloading
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident.
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