Boating accidents often result in significant injuries and, in some cases, death. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating accident, you must act fast and contact a injury attorney with experience is boating accidents to ensure the accident is properly investigated, evidence is retained and preserved, and witnesses are secured.
Unlike an accident on land, boating and watercraft accidents present unique challenges as they typically lack witnesses not to mention the vessel or evidence may have sunk. These issues along with questions of maritime, state and federal laws necessitate the skill and expertise of a boat accident lawyer to champion your fight.
This is why it is vital to engage a powerhouse law firm with the resources and knowledge to work on your case. We have experienced and aggressive boat accident lawyers who will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve through a boat accident lawsuit.
Boating accidents can include any of the following watercraft:
- Personal water craft (Jet skis, Ski-Doo, WaveRunner, etc.)
- Cruise boats and ships
- Commercial freighters
- Boat/watercraft versus a pedestrian swimmer
Boat and water craft accidents typically occur through operator inattention or negligence, but can also result from defects in the design, manufacturer, and/or maintenance of the boat, its components, or its safety devices. And in some cases, it’s a combination of operator negligence and issues with the boat itself that cause a boat accident.
Watercraft injury accidents can result in the following types of injuries:
- Drowning and near drowning
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, including permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury, including concussions
- Nerve and/or neurological damage
- Fractured and broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Wrongful death
- Burns (friction and heat)
- Crush injuries (especially to hands and feet)
Accident liability arising out of a boating accident is usually based on negligence, which is when someone has breached their duty of care for the situation and that breach results in your injury. Other theories include a product liability lawsuit if your watercraft had a defect that caused your injuries. It is important to also keep in mind that California is a comparative fault state, which means you can still recover even if you contributed to the accident, only that your total financial recovery will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed to be at fault.
Choosing an Experience Boating Injury Attorney
With our waterways and the nearby ocean here in the Greater Los Angeles area, more and more people take to the water, whether it’s for relaxation, fishing, transportation, or competition. It is an American pastime and one of the best escapes from our busy lives on land.
When the unimaginable happens, and you or your loved one is involved in a boat accident, you need a skillful injury lawyer on your side. Do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 800-818-1818 to speak with a boat accident lawyer in Los Angeles.
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