Operating a boat or any watercraft is no different than operating any vehicle. It should be done legally, with care, and with safety of the public at large in mind.
Unfortunately, too many Americans are hurt or killed every year in boating accidents every year. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Annual Recreational Boating Statistics in 2008, boating accidents resulted in 709 deaths, 3331 injuries and $54 million in property damage.
Boating collisions account for a large portion of the reported casualties and injuries. Alcohol, carelessness, drugs, and excessive speed are the leading causes of the boating accidents.
Many California residents, especially in the coastal counties, like Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura enjoy recreational boating on a regular basis. Because of the complexities of the laws in this area, if injured, it is always a good idea to contact an experienced California Boating Accident Attorney.