People rush to the lakes, rivers and seaside paradises in beautiful Southern California every year to play in the water and under the sunshine. Boating, jet skiing and all types of water sports are enjoyed by many residents and visitors throughout Southern California almost every single day.
With the warm weather upon Southern California, those lucky enough to own a boat are taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Recreational boating and water-sport activities are mean to be just one thing: FUN.
However, because of the very nature of boats, they can also be incredibly dangerous. Boating accidents often occur as the result of negligence or inexperience on the part of a boat operator. Speeding, drunk boating and a distracted operator may all cause a serious collision to occur. The majority of accidents occur when two or more vehicles collide, although drowning and even slip and fall accidents on boats may also be considered types of boating accidents.
Some people will not return home or will return with serious catastrophic injuries that can be life-changing such as loss of limbs, neck or spinal cord injuries, paralysis and coma.
Hundreds die every year because of drowning, and thousands more require serious medical attention after boating accidents. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic.
When operating a recreational vehicle, steps can be taken to prevent a boating accident or to minimize the damage if an accident occurs:
- Take lessons before operating a boat for the first time
- Never drink alcohol while on the water
- Always wear life jackets
- Make sure you know how to reach help, if necessary
Boating accidents can and do happen for many reasons. If you are the victim of an accident because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to fair and reasonable compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, loss of income or in worst cases, funeral costs. To ensure your right are protected seek legal help, get a personal injury & accident law firm that has experience in boating accidents.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck; we can help. Visit us online and submit our contact form today.