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California Boating Accident Lawyers

Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary American songwriter and
singer, wrote many songs that captured the unique joy one can
feel when out on the water. Responsible boating is a fun hobby
that is often passed down from generation to generation.
Boating can be enjoyed as a solitary adventure when you just
need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
to enjoy a quiet day out in the water.

Spending an afternoon out on the boat can also be an
enjoyable bonding experience with family and friends.
Unfortunately, all too often, you may end up sharing the
waterways with other boat operators who are not responsible
in their behavior. Their irresponsibility and sheer negligence
could cause personal injury or even death to you, your family,
or your friends.

Irresponsible boat operators may be under the influence of
alcohol and/or drugs, which is dangerous and illegal all by
itself. In addition, they may be driving their boat too fast or in
more populated areas of the lake where collision with another
boat is a real possibility.

Operators of sports boats often attempt unsafe or reckless
maneuvers at high speeds, which can endanger not only
themselves and their passengers but anyone else who
happens to be out on the water. It is also possible that a boat
operator may be too inexperienced to be out on the water in
the first place.

Whatever the circumstances, all are recipes for a boating
accident disaster that can result in serious injury or even loss of
life. You, your family, and your friends deserve to be fairly
compensated if injuries occur due to the negligence of another
boat operator. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to navigate
the legal waters without the representation of a skilled attorney
with solid experience in handling boating accident cases.

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It is a well-known fact that California is home to some of the most scenic waterways in the nation. Therefore, it’s not surprising that so many people own or rent boats for recreational purposes. With so many boats out on the water, accidents are inevitable, especially when operators are not behaving responsibly.

According to the California Division of Boating and Waterways, there were 531 boating accidents in 2013. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, the state of California consistently has the second-highest number of boating-related injuries and fatalities in the United States.

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways reported that there were 473 boating accidents in 2012, 247 of which resulted in injuries and 53 of which were fatal. California also had the highest number of alcohol-related boating accidents resulting in death in the nation in 2012.

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The majority of boating accidents occur during the month of July, with accidents reaching their peak between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Boating accidents occur most often on Saturdays. Although a Saturday afternoon may be the most convenient time for many people to go out on the boat and soak in the sun, this convenience could potentially come with a price. Statistically speaking, it is best to avoid going boating on a Saturday afternoon and to stay on dry land during the month of July.

Regardless of when you take the boat out, it is important to be careful! Keep your eyes and ears open, and always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t assume that all other boat operators know what they are doing or that they are always going to behave reasonably and responsibly. If a fast-moving boat is quickly approaching in your direction, do not assume that it will avoid you! If you are engaging in water sports, be aware of the location of other boats before getting into the tube or onto the skis, and don’t be afraid to bail into the water if you think that you may collide with another boat, person, dock, or other object.

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If you were injured in a boating accident on a California waterway and need the best boating accident attorney in California, please contact the May Firm by completing our online form or calling us at (888) 510-2933.

We provide a free and fully confidential initial consultation
to determine how to best address the specifics of your case.
We accept all of our cases on a contingency basis, which
means that you do not pay anything unless we successfully
settle your case or win in court. The May Firm has offices
throughout California, including San Luis Obispo, Santa
Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Fresno, and Bakersfield, and
several attorneys who specialize in handling cases that involve injuries resulting from a boating accident within the
state of California.

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