Costa Mesa Boating Accident Lawyer

Costa Mesa Boating Accident Attorney

Many people in the Costa Mesa area enjoy boating, but it is vital to know the risks you face on the water and what to do after a boating accident occurs. If you or a family member recently experienced a boating accident due to another party’s actions, you have the right to pursue accountability and compensation for your damages. An experienced Costa Mesa boating accident lawyer can be an invaluable resource in this situation.

Helping Boating Accident Victims Recover in Costa Mesa, CA

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience resolving all kinds of personal injury cases in Costa Mesa, including those pertaining to boating accidents. While a boating accident is likely to generate similar legal proceedings as you could expect after a motor vehicle accident on land, it is imperative that you acknowledge the value of having trustworthy legal counsel on your side as you pursue your recovery.

You may be able to file an insurance claim against whoever caused your accident, but a personal injury claim is likely to be your most effective legal vehicle for securing compensation for your damages. With the right Costa Mesa boating accident law firm on your side, you can approach this process with confidence and have a greater chance of maximizing your recovery with your attorney’s help.

Our team takes a client-focused approach to personal injury counsel. This means we can get to know you and learn the effects your boating accident has had on your life. We can identify all available channels of compensation and help determine the full extent of the damages you can seek from the party responsible for causing the accident. Ultimately, you are more likely to not only win your case but also maximize your recovery with the right attorney on your side.

Costa Mesa Boating Accident Lawyer

Proving Liability for a Boating Accident in Costa Mesa

The state upholds the fault rule for resolving all vehicle accident cases, including boating accidents. This means you must identify the party or parties responsible for causing the accident before you will be able to recover compensation for your damages. Boating accidents can happen in various ways, and a few of the most common examples that lead to personal injury claims in the Costa Mesa area include:

  • Distraction or inattention. Distracted driving is as much of a hazard on the water as it is on the road. If a boat operator is not paying attention while their vessel is in motion, they can easily cause a damaging collision.
  • Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. California’s laws against driving under the influence (DUI) apply to watercraft the same as they apply to motor vehicles on land. If your boating accident happened because a boat operator was intoxicated, they would face liability for your damages and prosecution for DUI.
  • Speeding and no wake violations. The wake is the wave created by a boat as it moves through the water, and boats create larger waves at higher speeds. Many waterways in the Costa Mesa area have no wake zones, meaning boat operators may not move their vessels fast enough to create wakes. Violations can lead to collisions in various ways, as a boat operator may not have time to stop to avoid a crash.
  • Collisions with other vessels and underwater hazards. Boat operators are required to stay vigilant at all times to prevent collisions with other watercraft, swimmers in the water, and underwater hazards like large rocks. Failure to account for these hazards can easily lead to very damaging accidents.
  • Safety equipment failures. Boat operators are required to ensure their vessels have fire extinguishers, first aid supplies, flares, and lifejackets for all passengers on the boat. If the operator does not have this equipment or fails to regularly check this equipment to ensure functionality, they can face liability for resulting damages.

Whenever negligence causes a personal injury in Costa Mesa, the victim will need to prove that the defendant failed to act with reasonable care in the situation and, in doing so, directly caused the damages cited in the claim. Alternatively, when illegal misconduct has caused a personal injury, it is likely that the state will file criminal charges against the defendant, and the victim can proceed with a separate civil claim against them to seek compensation for their damages.

Claiming Compensation for Your Boating Accident in Costa Mesa

If the party at fault for your recent boating accident has appropriate insurance coverage, it is possible to file a claim against their insurance for some initial recovery from your damages. However, it may not be an option, or their insurance may not fully cover your losses. If you are unable to fully recover your damages through insurance, you need to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for causing your boating accident.

The plaintiff in a personal injury claim has the right to seek full repayment of all economic damages the defendant inflicted with their actions. These are likely to include property damage, medical expenses, and lost income, and they are also able to claim projected future damages. For example, if you are permanently disabled from your accident, you can seek compensation for the future income you are no longer able to earn.

Aside from economic damages, a plaintiff also has the right to seek pain and suffering compensation. California law does not limit pain and suffering compensation in vehicle accident claims, so the plaintiff has the right to claim as much as they believe to be appropriate to reflect the severity of their experience. Your Costa Mesa boating accident lawyer can help determine a fair amount to include in your claim.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton are ready to provide compassionate legal counsel through all stages of your case. We have a strong record of success due to our commitment to client-focused legal counsel and helping every client maximize their recovery as fully as state law allows. Connect with our team as soon as possible to ensure you meet the procedural deadlines for filing your case.

FAQs About Boating Accidents

Q: What Should a Boat Operator Do First After a Boating Accident in Costa Mesa?

A: State law requires a boat operator to stop their vessel immediately after any type of boating accident has occurred. They should check everyone onboard for injuries and call 911. The same rule for reporting applies to boat accidents as it applies to motor vehicle accidents. Failure to report an accident can lead to severe legal penalties.

Q: What Happens if a Boat Accident Is Fatal?

A: If you have lost a family member in a fatal boating accident in Costa Mesa, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim if a specific party is directly responsible for causing the accident. Just like a personal injury claim, a wrongful death claim requires proving fault for the damages, and state law dictates eligibility to file a claim and the damages available to the victim’s beneficiaries.

Q: What Are the New Boating Laws in 2023?

A: As of January 2023, all boat operators under the age of 50 are required to carry a new Boater Card. This rule will expand to all boat operators of all ages by 2025. To secure a Boater Card, the individual must pass a written course to prove they are capable of safely operating a boat. There is no minimum age requirement, and the process is relatively quick. If you operate a boat without a state Boater Card, you can face fines and other penalties.

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Boating Accident in Costa Mesa?

A: If you are able to prove that another party is directly responsible for causing your recent boating accident, you have the right to seek full compensation for any damages they caused. These damages may include your property losses, medical treatment costs, and lost wages when your injuries prevent you from working. You can also claim as much pain and suffering compensation as you deem appropriate to reflect the severity of your experience.

Q: What Does It Cost to Hire a Costa Mesa Boating Accident Lawyer?

A: The team at Easton & Easton accepts boating accident claims and other civil claims for damages on a contingency basis. With a contingency fee agreement, the client pays legal fees to their attorney only after the attorney wins their case, and the fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered from the defendant. There is no fee if the attorney cannot obtain a recovery, so there is no risk of the client paying more for representation than they win in compensation.

If you are unsure how to proceed with your boating accident claim in Costa Mesa, the team at Easton & Easton is ready to assist you. You have a limited time in which to pursue your recovery, so it is vital to reach out to legal counsel you can trust as soon as possible after your accident to have the greatest chance of success with your case. Contact Easton & Easton today to learn how a Costa Mesa boating accident lawyer can help with your recovery.

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