Summer is here and thousands of people will be spending time on the lake swimming, boating, fishing, and altogether enjoying their time outdoors. Unfortunately, accidents can happen due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident in one of our many recreational lakes such as Millerton Lake, Pine Flat Lake, Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, or Bass Lake, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable in representing victims of boating accidents.
The causes of boating accidents vary from case to case; however, the most common type of accident involving motorboats is collision with another boat. Accidents may also include skiing accidents, fishing, jet skis, or victims falling overboard. In some cases accidents may even be the result of alcohol or drugs, in which case Boating Under the Influence (BUI) becomes a factor. Boating Under the Influence is strictly enforced by the authorities with jurisdiction over the recreational area. The leading causes of accidents with boats and personal water craft are:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Careless/Reckless operation
- Inappropriate passenger or skier behavior
- Improper lookout
- Alcohol (BUI)
If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained. If an accident is the result of negligently designed boats and/or defective boating equipment that causes an accident you may also have a claim against the manufacturers.
If you have been injured in a boating accident you need an attorney who has experience handling serious personal injury lawsuits. Contact us today at (559) 222-5800, in most cases a free initial consultation can be scheduled for the same day.