In California, with over 840 miles of coastline and more than 3,000 lakes, it is no surprise that a significant number of boating accidents occur each year. In fact, the California Department of Transportation reports that there were approximately 10,000 boating accidents resulting in about 5,000 injuries and over 500 fatalities in California in the last decade alone.
In the event of a boat accident, victims are entitled to compensation for injuries, grief, and inconvenience, among other things, caused by negligence on the part of a boat operator. However, not every lawyer is experienced in the particular confluence of personal injury law and maritime law that many boat accidents involve. Without a skilled and experienced boat accident lawyer, you may not receive the sort of compensation that you deserve. So it is very important that you research potential lawyers carefully.
Boat accidents can occur on freshwater or seawater. They can involve a single boat or multiple boats. The person injured may be an employee of a boating company, or the person may be boating in a recreational situation when the accident occurs. Different laws apply to each particular boat accident situation. Accordingly, make sure you speak with several different boat accident lawyers to find a boat accident lawyer who understands the specifics of the laws that apply to your particular boat accident.