Irvine Boating Accident Lawyer

Irvine Boating Accident Attorneys

Boating is a popular pastime in the Irvine area, but it is vital for everyone who goes out on the water to know the risks they face and what to do should an accident happen. If you or a family member recently sustained injuries in a boating accident, an Irvine boating accident lawyer is the optimal resource to consult. They can help determine if you have grounds for legal recourse and, if so, guide you through the legal proceedings necessary for you to recover.

Irvine Boating Accident Lawyer – Boat Injury Attorney

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have decades of professional experience in personal injury law, and our firm has helped many past clients in Irvine and surrounding areas of California with all types of civil claims for damages. If another party is responsible for harming you or a loved one in a boating accident, we can help hold them accountable and secure compensation for your damages.

Our team excels at resolving difficult cases. Whether you are certain about liability for your accident or have no recollection of the events that caused your injuries, we can help identify every party at fault for your damages and assist you in holding them accountable for the losses you suffered. Every case is unique, and we take a client-centered approach to every case we accept.

You have a limited time in which to pursue your recovery, and you may have more channels of compensation available to you than you initially realize. With our team’s assistance, you can approach your recovery process with confidence and peace of mind, and you will be prepared to face any unexpected challenges you might encounter as you seek accountability and compensation for the boating accident you experienced.

Irvine Boating Accident Lawyer

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

All boat operators have legal requirements they must fulfill to reduce their risk of causing accidents. Every waterway in the state has various rules and regulations that must be followed at all times, and many of the same duties of care that apply while driving on land apply to operating a watercraft. A few of the most commonly cited causes of boating accidents that lead to civil suits include:

  • Collisions with underwater debris or obstructions. Boat operators must pay very close attention to all warning signs and refrain from taking their vehicles into any restricted waterways.
  • Collisions with other vessels. Boat operators must always abide by posted speed limits in all waterways and give other watercraft adequate space. Collisions with other vessels can easily lead to catastrophic injuries to occupants of both watercraft.
  • When a boat moves at high speed, it produces a wave or wake behind it, and this wake can potentially strike other vessels or swimmers, causing injuries. Causing a wake in a no-wake zone can lead to liability for any resulting damage, as well as fines or other penalties.
  • Boating under the influence. Just as driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal for motor vehicles on land, it is equally illegal for anyone to operate a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties for intoxicated boat operation can include fines, jail time, and liability for all resulting damages if the defendant has caused an accident.
  • Compromised safety equipment. Boat owners and operators must ensure their vessels have the required safety equipment and that all equipment is in good working order before heading out on the water. This includes lifejackets and other lifesaving flotation devices, flares, fire extinguishers, and first aid supplies.

If you believe another party is directly responsible for causing your recent boating accident, a personal injury attorney in Irvine, CA, can help gather the evidence needed to establish liability for your injuries and damages. Once you have identified the party or parties responsible for causing your damages, you can proceed with claiming compensation. An Irvine boating accident lawyer is the ideal resource for ensuring all your claimable losses are appropriately addressed in your case.

Claiming Compensation for a Boating Accident in Irvine

After identifying the party responsible for causing your boating accident, you can proceed with filing a personal injury suit against them to recover your damages. If the defendant has any type of insurance coverage that applies to a boating accident they caused, this insurance may offer some initial recovery, but it is unlikely to fully cover your damages. Under California law, the victim of any personal injury has the right to seek compensation for:

  • All medical expenses related to their injuries. You can seek compensation for immediate and future medical care you will need to fully recover from the injuries the defendant caused. If you suffer severe injuries that will require ongoing rehabilitative care, your boat injury attorney can ensure the defendant pays for all the medical treatment you need to reach the fullest recovery possible.
  • Lost income and lost earning power. If your injuries limit your ability to work and earn income for any length of time, the defendant is liable for the full extent of the income you are unable to earn because of the accident. If you must claim compensation for lost earning capacity, your attorney can help calculate the future income you otherwise would have been able to earn if you hadn’t been injured.
  • Property damage. When a defendant is responsible for damaging or destroying your personal property, you can hold them accountable for all repair and replacement costs.
  • Pain and suffering. California law allows a personal injury plaintiff to claim as much as they believe to be appropriate to reflect the physical pain and psychological distress a defendant caused with their negligence or illegal misconduct. The more severe the plaintiff’s injuries, the more they can likely secure in pain and suffering compensation.

The team at Easton & Easton approaches every personal injury claim we accept with the goal of helping our client maximize their recovery as fully as California law allows. You have a relatively short time in which to file your case, and the sooner you connect with an Irvine boating accident lawyer you can trust, the more likely you will be to succeed with your recovery efforts.

Irvine Boat Accident FAQs

Q: How Do You Prove Fault for a Boating Accident?

A: Proving fault for any type of boating accident is likely to require a combination of various forms of evidence. Because those involved in the accident are typically the only ones who can provide firsthand accounts of the events, witness testimony is often crucial for establishing liability for these accidents. Physical evidence and expert witness testimony may also come into play in some boating accident cases.

Q: What Are the Most Common Boating Accident Injuries in Irvine?

A: It’s possible for a boating accident to result in multiple injuries to multiple victims. Injuries may occur from collisions, capsizing, onboard fires, and more. Some of the most commonly cited injuries from these incidents include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, and drowning-related injuries. It is also possible for drowning to be fatal, in which case the at-fault party could face liability for wrongful death.

Q: What Is the Total Value of My Boating Accident Claim?

A: Under California law, the party responsible for harming you in a boating accident is liable for the entire scope of economic damages resulting from the incident. You can seek compensation for any medical bills for treatment of your injuries, lost income if the accident prevents you from working for any extended period of time, and compensation for your property losses. Once you add pain and suffering compensation to your claim, the total value can increase substantially.

Q: Will I Win More Money if I Hire an Irvine Boating Accident Lawyer?

A: The right boat injury attorney can make a tremendous positive difference in the outcome of your impending case. They will know how to guide you through the preliminary administrative requirements of filing your claim with the court, and they will also know all the various damages you can include in the claim, enhancing your total case award. Additionally, they can streamline these proceedings to shorten the time it takes for you to recover your damages.

Q: How Much Are Attorneys’ Fees for an Irvine Boating Accident Lawyer?

A: The attorneys at Easton & Easton offer accessible legal counsel with contingency fee billing. When you have a contingency fee agreement with your attorney, you pay them only after they win your case, and their fee is a percentage of the total amount they recover for you. There is no fee if they are unable to secure a case award, so there is no financial risk to you in hiring an attorney under this type of billing arrangement.

The right legal team can make a significant difference in the outcome of your impending boat accident claim. The attorneys at Easton & Easton have successfully represented many past clients in a wide range of complex cases, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you. Contact us today and schedule your consultation with an Irvine boating accident lawyer to learn how we can assist with your recovery.

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Accredited Business Bbb Rating A+

The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Best Law Firms Orange County 2020

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Reader's Choice 2019 Best Law Firm

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

The Best Lawyers in America

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California 2016

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by

Super Lawyers

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms in all of Southern California

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

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Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for 2015

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Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

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Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

American Board of Trial Advocate

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

The National Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

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Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

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“We look for the human story behind every injury or wrongful death. We prepare our cases for trial; reaching out to the jury with the most compelling evidence possible for the best verdict possible. Insurance companies know this and come to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith. Call us to see how we can turn your story into fair compensation.”

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

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My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!! Read more…
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The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU… Read more…

Sofia Sanchez

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

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Logan Ross

I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


Ashlee A.

Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

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I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
Brian, Gab and Amera were so good about helping me thru the process and representing me.
I was able to concentrate on getting myself better knowing they had my back, taking care of the details and keeping me informed along the way

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The best Law firm by far. I would highly recommend Easton & Easton, LLP and ask for Gabriel Mendoza and staff. He and his colleagues did and exceptional service. Thank you for everything. Job well done!

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