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Boat Accident Attorneys in California

Boating accidents caused by distracted or inattentive operators, can cause serious injuries that require immediate attention at a hospital by an ambulance and deserve the professional attention of a boat accident lawyer.

A person in a lake, ocean, sea, or river who has been hit by a boat, jet ski, or other watercraft may have pain and severe injuries which can be very difficult to cope with, and warrant a consultation with an experienced and aggressive boating accident lawyer.

Wilshire Law Firm is home to a team of experienced boat accident lawyers who have represented injured victims of boating accidents. Our team is fully aware of how difficult both the recovery and ensuing legal process can be.

We understand what you are going through, and we are here to help. Our team of professionals can guide you through the process that follows an accident such as yours. Whether you were hit by a watercraft, boat, or jet ski while in the water or suffered a boating injury sustained in a different manner, by having an attorney deal with insurance companies and insurance adjusters on your behalf, you can focus on healing while your attorney goes to work, seeking out maximum compensation for your case.

Our attorneys have negotiated high settlements with insurance companies, often reaching insurance policy limits. They are experienced lawyers who will fight hard for your rights, and will strive to help you get the best possible result. We will be there with you every step of the way, providing the attention and care that your case deserves.

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Boating Accidents in California

In a state as beautiful as California, with its many lakes, islands, and shores, boating accidents inevitably occur. Most commonly, boating accidents involve recreational watercraft, but from time-to-time can include accidents that occur on commercial vessels such as ferry boats like the ferry to Catalina Island, or on or around cruise ships. In some cases, substances consumed by a boat or ship operator can play a part in a boating accident. For example, an intoxicated boat operators on a lake or river could easily hit a swimmer.

Every accident is unique, and accidents that occur on the water, are no exception. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it is as important to have evidence to support your case, as any other accident. Quality evidence is vital to successfully winning your case. Consider anyone who may be a potential witness. Individuals like life guards or coast guard who may have rendered first aid.

Boat Accident Lawyer California 

A victim who has been who is injured in a water sport accident is at risk for many serious injuries. A victim’s head, legs, and arms are the most likely to be injured in an accident. Often, people endure severe bodily injuries such as:

The Top 10 Causes of Boat Accidents in California 

Be aware of these common causes of boat accidents so you can stay safe and afloat! But if you don’t, make sure to call Wilshire Law Firm, your best option for California boat attorneys.

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Boating is one of life’s greatest leisure activities. It’s also one of the most productive commercial industries. With tourism, rentals, private ownership, and commercial vessels constantly contributing to the economy – boating has it all!

Every day, people fill up their gas tanks, clean their decks and hit the open water. In most states, there are boating seasons, but in California, you can boat year-round in the Pacific Ocean, or one of our many beautiful lakes and river systems.

However, with that heavy volume of multi-seasonal boating comes many boating and shipping accidents – and fatalities – and they happen more often than you think.

In fact, there were almost 3,000 boating accident injuries in 2016 alone in the United States, with 701 fatalities:

Top Causes of Boat Accidents - Statistic

Boat accident fatalities in the U.S.

In the spirit of spreading awareness, so you can avoid making the same boating accident mistakes others made, here at the top 10 most common causes for boating accidents, according the U.S. Coast Guard (in no particular order):

1. Operator inattention
Staying vigilant and constantly monitoring boat position and speed sounds easy, but sometimes, lapses in judgement occur, even for the most weathered captain. Unsafe, unpredictable weather patterns, unforeseeable objects in the water, such as ice bergs or drifting debris, are always lurking. It’s important to look as far into the future as possible and stay alert.

2. Improper lookout
Speaking of looking into the future, many large vessels, sail boats and yachts have crew members that are called “lookouts.” They’re the guys that yell, “Land ho!” Well, sometimes they don’t yell it loud enough, or pay attention… Just kidding! Most modern boats utilize cameras up the mast for this mundane task, however, those cameras must be tended to, kept care of, and monitored to avoid nasty collisions or grounding.

3. Inexperienced operators
Learning how to captain and steer a boat isn’t exactly a rite of passage in America. However, often times friends or family members of boat owners and experts who aren’t sure how to control a ship grab the wheel and then hesitate during an emergency – or cause the emergency. Be careful who you let grab hold of the wheel!

4. Excessive speed
Some of the worst boating accidents occur at excessive speeds. We’ve all seen speed boat accident videos on YouTube with pretty girls in bikinis, but they are not so pretty after their boyfriend’s cigarette boat is capsized. Just like a car, speed is a very important detail to factor into safe, successful boating, especially when it comes to avoiding collisions with other vessels or grounding.

5. Impaired operation
Boating and drinking happens often, but, just like a car, you should always have a designated captain who is not drinking. Alcohol or drug use with boats is one of the biggest sources for boating accident fatalities. In fact, in the state of California you are considered legally drunk boating if you’re BAC is .08 or higher. Good luck paying off that BUI fine! (Boating Under the Influence).

6. Equipment failure
Avoid equipment failure by performing regular maintenance checks. Many steps need be taken to make sure proper maintenance logs are in order, for optimal safety operation of your boat. Many sailors say this is where the real boating happens – when you’re still at the docks; because when your checklist isn’t complete while you’re out to sea, that’s when disaster can strike. Then you’ll never see the dock again!

7. Violating navigation rules
You may have heard the phrase “There are no laws in international waters.” Well, in most waters, there are many navigational rules that, if not adhered to, can result in boat accidents like grounding or beaching. Not to mention endangering wildlife.

8. Dangerous waters
Most experienced captains can predict water conditions at all hours of the day using state-of-the-art instruments and keen senses of nature. However, water conditions can change within minutes, and no captain is perfect. You can’t always avoid dangerous waters, but you can always take proper safety precautions to prepare for the worst and, hopefully, stay dry.

9. Weather
Ever seen the movie, The Perfect Storm? Thought so. Like water, weather patterns have become much more predictable thanks to new instruments and technology. However, many accidents happen every year due in large part to overzealous captains neglecting weather forecasts. Mother Nature is not to be messed with, especially at sea!

10. Forceful waves or wake
Large waves and wakes from other vessels are extremely dangerous, especially if they arrive unexpectedly. Open ocean commercial fishing boats deal with large waves often, and smaller boats must always be mindful or barges and other large ship wakes.

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Injured on a cruise? You may be entitled to compensation.

Feeling scurvy yet? Ahoy Matey!

If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident caused by another party’s negligence, involving any of these causes or something else, it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately.

The boat accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm will fear no wake in winning you a fair and just case resolution. Learn more about our award-winning, California super lawyers here.

We hope you have a great time boating this summer, and we hope you never find yourself in a situation that would require representation. But accidents do happen:

  • The Coast Guard says 2016 was the highest volume of boating fatalities in five years.
  • BUI (a boating DUI) recently resulted in the wrongful death of a teenager.
  • Paddle boarding in harbors and lakes results in injuries and fatalities alto often.

Call our California Boat Accident Attorneys Now!

When a boat accident strikes, and you are not at fault, it’s important to know you have a team of award-winning personal injury attorneys on your side.

Learn more about Wilshire Law Firm’s boating attorneys.

Bon voyage!


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Why A Personal Injury Attorney Is Important

A personal injury attorney can help to maximize the client’s likelihood of obtaining full compensation for loss of earnings, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages. Additionally, they can arrange for medical treatment to be provided which may be otherwise difficult to obtain for someone who does not have medical insurance or a doctor who can work on a lien basis. At Wilshire Law Firm, our boat accident team can both obtain full compensation for you, and connect you with medical providers who can provide treatment for you with no up-front costs, and prior to your case closing.

If you or someone you know was injured in an accident while swimming, engaging in water sports, or operating a watercraft, please contact an attorney at Wilshire Law Firm for a free consultation (800) 522-7274.

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