Boat / Water Craft Accidents
Recreational water activities are a common way for people in the Southern California to relax, and have some fun. Activities such as water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking and fishing, are very common to the area, but at times can be very dangerous and lead to accidents.
If an accident does occur, and takes place on navigable waters, then the admiralty and maritime rules/state rules on operation of the vessels might apply. If you have been injured, a Southern California boat and watercraft accident attorney will be able to help determine the next steps for you to take to ensure you are protected under law.
Personal Watercraft Accidents
If an accident has occurred on any non-navigable waters (like a small lake) then laws of Southern California where the accident occurred would apply. Most of the non-commercial marine accidents take place on personal watercraft and pleasure crafts.
Personal watercraft and private vessel liability might arise from the situations like:
- Off-throttle steering- Most personal watercraft have a unique way of steering, which is called “off-throttle”. This creates thrust for the propulsion and the steerage. If the throttle is not engaged, the boat’s pump jet also does not produce thrust. This is can lead the watercraft to lose maneuverability, which often leads to injury.
- Passenger slip and fall- Boat decks have known for being slick. While passengers should ideally wear boat shoes, passengers sometimes forget to take the correct safety precautions. Sometimes, though,
- Excessive speed- This is also referred to as “show boating”. This kind of reckless driving generally takes place whenever the owners try to display the capabilities of their vessel. Much like speeding in an automobile, speeding in a watercraft can be extremely dangerous to the driver and to others.
- Operating under influence- In some cases, operators might be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, impairing their judgment. Many people forget that DUI regulations still apply when in water. Driving under the influence is hazardous, whether on land or water.
Southern California Boat and Watercraft Accident Lawyer
There are numerous other reasons that can result in liability. If you or your loved one has been involved in any accident and have suffered an injury from a personal watercraft, get in touch with a boat and watercraft accident attorney as soon as possible.
There are specific rules in Southern California and boating laws that have to be adhered to. We will be able to handle your case efficiently and professionally. Contact a Southern California boat and watercraft accident attorney from Golden & Timbol right away to receive the help you need. Call us at 1-888-450-1021 or 1-562-592-0825 or fill out our online contact form.