Orange County Boating Accident Lawyers

Orange County Boating Accident Attorney

Boating is a popular pastime in California, and while most people are able to enjoy their time on the water without issue, boating accidents do happen throughout Orange County in many ways. If you or a member of your family recently suffered harm in such an accident, you need to speak with an Orange County boating accident lawyer as soon as possible to determine your most viable options in the aftermath of such an event.

Boating Accidents Attorney in Orange County, CA

Enjoying the beach and the water is part of California culture. Boating is a common pastime and with such beautiful scenery and waters, it is easy to understand why California grabs the top spot in the United States for boating registrations.

With over one million boats registered in California, accidents can happen. Learn what to do if you have been injured in a boating accident in Orange County. The team at Easton & Easton can review the details of your recent boating accident, help determine whether another party is liable for the incident, and assist you in uncovering all the damages you can claim. We have decades of professional experience in personal injury law ready to be put at your disposal.

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California Boating Safety Regulations and Laws

Most of the boating accidents reported throughout the state each year happen because of boat operator negligence and failure to follow state safety regulations.  There are several safety requirements boat operators must adhere to in California. If a boat operator acts negligently and causes personal injuries related to a boating accident, the following elements must be proven in a court of law:

  • Duty: A boat operator in the state of California has a duty to behave appropriately, follow all maritime laws, and safely operate a boat without negligence.
  • Breach: If the boat operator acts negligently or recklessly while operating a boat or vessel which endangers the safety of others, they have effectively breached their duty.
  • Causation: If you have suffered a personal injury in a boating accident, you must prove that your injuries were directly caused by the negligence of another.
  • Damages: You must have suffered actual damages (i.e. damages including physical, emotional, or financial harm) through the direct negligence or recklessness of the boating operator.

You may have a firm idea of how your recent boating accident happened and who is responsible for causing it, but the actual legal process of proving fault is likely to be far more challenging than you initially expected. The right attorney can be an invaluable asset to your case, and the sooner you connect with an Orange County boating accident lawyer, the more likely you are to succeed with your recovery efforts.

Types of Boating Accidents in Orange County, CA

The most common types of boating accidents are as follows:

  • One vessel hits another vessel
  • Your vessel hits another vessel’s wake
  • Your vessel hits a wave
  • Your vessel hits an object in or around the water
  • Failure to maintain proper safety equipment

If a boat operator was negligent in a manner that caused your damages, they are liable for these damages and will be the defendant of your personal injury case. However, if they caused the accident through an illegal action or failure to follow safety regulations, they can face criminal penalties as well.

An experienced Orange County boating accident lawyer will know what evidence you will need to prove liability. The sooner you connect with legal counsel, the sooner your legal team can review the details of your case and start gathering the evidence you will need to prove liability. Once fault is established, you will be able to seek compensation for the damages you suffered because of the at-fault party’s actions.

What to Do Immediately After an Accident

If you have been involved in a boating accident in Orange County, CA, immediately stop and asses any possible injuries. Contact authorities and emergency medical personnel if necessary. Seek medical attention immediately or as soon as possible, as many injuries are not obvious within the first few moments after a boating accident. Document the details of the accident as best as possible and take photos of all vessels and objects involved in the accident. Report the boating accident to the authorities.

When and How to Report a Boating Accident

If you have been involved in a boating accident in the State of California, you will need to report the accident under the following circumstances:

  • Within 48 hours. If the accident involved a death, a disappearance of a person, or injury beyond simple first aid, an accident report must be made to the California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways within 48 hours.
  • Within 10 days. If the boating accident involved a person who died more than 24 hours after an accident, property damage exceeding $500, or complete loss of a watercraft or vessel, an accident report must be made within 10 days.

The owner and operator of the boat should be the one to file the accident report. However, other parties involved in the accident are also allowed to report an accident.

Whether you are unsure who exactly is responsible for your recent boating accident or you have no recollection of the incident due to your injuries, it is vital to contact an experienced boat injury attorney as soon as possible to review the details of your claim. You have a limited time in which to pursue your recovery, and swift legal action will help preserve the integrity of the evidence upon which you may need to build your case.

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Personal Injuries Lawyers for California Boating Accidents

If you were involved in a boating accident in the State of California and suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. Because the maritime laws that apply to these cases can severely affect a plaintiff’s potential damages and recovery in boating accidents, it is imperative that you hire an Orange County boating accident attorney experienced in boating accident litigation.

Your legal team can review the details of how your boating accident happened and help you hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm they have caused. Under California’s personal injury statutes, the defendant is liable for the full extent of your economic losses, which could include doctors’ bills, drug needs, property damage, and lost income. They are also liable for the projected future impact of their actions in the form of lost earning power and ongoing treatment costs.

Additionally, you can claim as much pain and suffering compensation as you deem appropriate to reflect the severity of the harm you endured. California law does not place a cap on pain and suffering compensation in boating accident cases, so this could be the bulk of your final case award if you suffered any serious injuries, especially those resulting in any type of permanent disability.


Q: What Happens if More Than One Party Is at Fault for a Boating Accident?

A: The state enforces a pure comparative fault rule, which can apply to any civil claim in which multiple parties share fault for the damages cited in the claim. Each liable party has a fault percentage assigned, indicating the share of the total damages they are responsible for repaying. If a plaintiff is assigned a fault percentage, they lose this percentage of their case award as a penalty and keep the rest.

Q: What Happens if a Boating Accident Is Fatal?

A: Unfortunately, some boating accidents result in drownings and other fatal harm. If your family member died in a fatal boating accident due to another party’s negligence or illegal misconduct, it can form grounds for a wrongful death suit. This type of claim is similar to a personal injury case in some ways but has a few key differences, and you will need an experienced attorney to help you succeed with this type of claim.

Q: How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Suit for a Boating Accident?

A: If you plan to file any type of personal injury claim, you must do so within the statute of limitations or time limit for filing the case. For most personal injuries in California, the statute of limitations is two years, starting on the date the injury occurred. Failure to file your complaint with the court within this two-year time limit can result in losing your chance to recover compensation from the defendant.

Q: Do I Need to Hire an Orange County Boating Accident Lawyer?

A: Technically, no, you have the right to try to recover compensation for your damages without hiring legal representation. However, it is likely to be far more challenging than you expect, and you will be unlikely to reach the same level of results as you could with an experienced attorney representing you. Your attorney can handle your case for you so you can focus on your recovery, and you’re more likely to win with their representation.

Q: What Does It Cost to Hire an Orange County Boating Accident Lawyer?

A: The attorneys at Easton & Easton accept personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis, so you will pay for our representation only if and when we win your case. This contingency fee will be a percentage of your final case award, so there is no risk of spending all your case winnings on legal fees. This billing policy ensures that the legal representation you need is accessible and affordable when you need it most.

You have a limited time in which to pursue your recovery, and the right attorney on your side is an invaluable asset that will significantly increase your chance of success with your case. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Easton & Easton at 800-461-8259 today. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable boat accident personal injury attorneys in Orange County will review your case and help you to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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