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.
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.
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