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Boating Accidents

There are hundreds of thousands of private boat owners in the U.S. Any injury that occurs on or with a boat is considered a boating accident. A boating accident can occur on someone's privately owned boat, a personal watercraft (jet ski), or even a ferry. It is a general rule of law that the operator of a boat and its owner have a duty to exercise the highest degree of care in order to prevent injuries to others.

Accordint to the U.S. Coast guard there were 4,904 boating accidents reported in 2004 resulted in 676 fatalities, 3,363 injuries, and $35,038,306 in property damage.

70% of all fatal boating accidents involved drowning.

Alcohol was involved in a third of all boating fatalities.

80% of all boating fatalities occurred on watercraft where the operator had not received boating safety instruction.



Most boat crashes require that you send a report to either the state agency regulating boats or the U.S. Coast Guard. In most states, you must file a report if the boat crash involved injuries that needed more than first aid, or if there was damage to any property above a certain amount, frequently $500. This is important. Failure to remain on the scene, provide aid, and report the accident in a timely manner is a crime. We also recommend that you report the incident to your insurance company. This is a requirement if a state or federal report was made.

Recreational boat crashes are governed by a number of city, county and/or state laws. Most boat operators have a legal obligation to operate their watercraft in a safe manner. If they don't, there may be criminal charges, and the people who were injured may be entitled to sue for damages. Boat owners also need to be careful about allowing other people to drive their boat. No matter who is driving, if the boat is in an accident, the boat owner may be liable for the damages .

If you have been injured in any kind of boat crash that was someone else's fault, you have the right to be compensated for a wide range of things including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injury, and pain and suffering. In the extremely unfortunate event that a death has resulted from your accident, you can file a wrongful death suit.

If you believe you have a claim against someone for an injury sustained in a boating accident, contact The Law Firm Dalva & Associates, PLC. According to Califorina law, you have a limited time in which you may file a claim or forever lose you rights. Contact The Law Office of Dalva & Associates, PLC at 714 557-4000.





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