Riverside Boat Accident Lawyer

Riverside Boat Accident Attorney

Many people living in the Riverside area enjoy boating and spending time on the water. While most are able to enjoy themselves without issue, boating accidents do happen in various ways, often leaving victims wondering how they can recover their losses. If you recently suffered injuries in a boat accident, the right attorney can be an invaluable asset to your recovery efforts.

Riverside Boat Accident Lawyer

Experienced Legal Representation for Boat Accident Claims in Riverside, CA

The attorneys at Easton & Easton provide compassionate personal injury counsel in Riverside for all types of civil cases. We can help identify the party or parties liable for your recent boat accident and determine the full extent of the damages you can seek to repay the losses they inflicted. Ultimately, every boat accident case is unique, and every plaintiff will face different legal challenges as they seek compensation for their losses. When you have an experienced Riverside boat accident attorney you can trust advising you, you are not only more likely to win your case and maximize your recovery but managing your legal proceedings will also be much easier.

How to Prove Liability for a Boat Accident in Riverside

Before you can recover compensation for the damages you suffered in your recent boat accident in Riverside, CA, you must be prepared to prove exactly how the accident happened and identify the party or parties responsible for causing it. A few of the most common causes of boat accidents in the Riverside area include:

  • Operator intoxication. It is just as illegal to operate a boat or watercraft under the influence of alcohol as it is to drive while intoxicated. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs incurs severe penalties under California law, and these penalties can apply to a boat operator as well. Anyone convicted of DUI faces harsher penalties when they cause an accident resulting in bodily injury or death.
  • Failure to have required safety gear onboard. A boat operator must ensure there is at least one lifejacket or flotation device for each passenger on the boat. The boat should also have a radio for emergencies, flares, fire extinguishers, and first aid supplies. Failure to have these required items onboard could cause a serious injury or contribute to a victim’s damages.
  • No-wake violations. Many waterways in the Riverside area have no wake zones, meaning boat operators must move at low speeds so their vessels do not create wakes or waves behind the boat caused by water displacement.
  • Collisions with underwater objects. Boat operators must know the waters they intend to navigate and how to spot underwater hazards. Collision with an underwater object could cause passengers to fall overboard, potentially suffering traumatic brain injuries and other harm, as well as face the risk of drowning.

These are only a few possible examples of how a boat accident might happen in Riverside. No matter how your recent accident occurred, your Riverside boat accident attorney can help gather any evidence you need to firmly establish fault for the incident and identify the party responsible for causing your damages.

Recovering From Your Boat Accident in Riverside

Once your Riverside boat accident attorney has helped you identify the defendant responsible for your damages, the next step of the recovery process is claiming compensation for those damages. It’s possible that the defendant may have boat insurance or a similar insurance policy that can offer compensation similar to auto insurance after a car accident on land. However, this isn’t a guarantee, and even if insurance is a viable recovery option, the settlement you receive may not fully cover your losses.

The objective of a personal injury claim is for the plaintiff to prove fault for their damages and then recover compensation for those damages from the defendant. Depending on the extent and severity of the harm you suffered, damages you might be able to claim in your boat accident case can include:

  • Medical expenses. If you suffered physical injuries because of another party’s negligence or intentional misconduct, you have the right to claim full repayment of all medical expenses you incur for the treatment of your injuries. This includes future care if you require rehabilitative treatment for a serious injury.
  • Lost income. If you are unable to earn income due to the severity of your injuries, the defendant is also responsible for the wages you are unable to earn. Your Riverside boat accident attorney can also help recover compensation for lost future earnings if you are unable to return to work due to the severity of your injuries. Your attorney would calculate how much you would have reasonably expected to earn in the future if the defendant had not injured you and add this amount to your claim as economic damages.
  • Property losses. When the defendant in your claim also damaged or destroyed your personal property, they are liable for all associated repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and suffering. State law allows a personal injury plaintiff to claim compensation for the physical pain and emotional trauma they experienced from the incident. There is no limit on non-economic damages in boat accident cases, so this could form the bulk of your final case award.

Other factors could also affect your final case award. For example, if you are found partially liable for causing your damages, it would diminish the total compensation you receive under California’s pure comparative negligence rule. Conversely, if the defendant caused your injuries through some illegal misconduct, it could mean you will receive punitive damages alongside your other compensation.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton always aim for maximum client recovery in every case we accept. When you choose our firm to represent you in a boat accident case, we can carefully review the details of how your accident happened to ensure the appropriate party or parties face liability for the harm they have caused. We can help accurately calculate the full range of damages you can claim from the defendant and help you recover your case award in the most efficient manner possible. Whatever challenges you may face in your boat accident claim proceedings, you can trust our firm to provide ongoing support and guidance through all stages of the case.


Q: What Do You Do First After a Boating Accident?

A: State law requires that after a boating accident happens, the operator of the boat must stop the vessel immediately, render first aid to anyone injured, and notify the authorities. First responders will help the victims of the accident and move the boat to shore, if necessary. If the boat operator fails to meet these requirements they could face legal penalties.

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

A: The evidence you will need to prove liability for your recent boating accident will depend on how the accident occurred. Generally, witness testimony from others involved in the accident and those who saw it happen firsthand are the most effective forms of evidence for these cases. Your Riverside boat accident attorney can help gather whatever evidence and testimony you need to firmly establish liability for the incident.

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Boat Accident in Riverside?

A: You have the right to seek full compensation for all damages you suffered in your recent boating accident, and you also have the right to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced. An experienced attorney can help accurately calculate the full amount of short- and long-term damages you can seek from the party responsible for causing the accident.

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

A: If you plan to pursue a personal injury case against the party responsible for causing your boat accident, you must do so within two years of the date of the accident. Failure to meet this statute of limitations likely means losing your chance to claim compensation from the at-fault party. To have the greatest chance of success with your claim, it’s advisable to consult a Riverside boat accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for legal recourse.

Q: What Will It Cost to Hire a Riverside Boat Accident Attorney?

A: The team at Easton & Easton will not add to your financial concerns in the aftermath of your boating accident with expensive ongoing legal fees. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only pay a percentage of your final case award as your fee at the end of your case, and you owe nothing if we are unable to secure compensation for you.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have successfully represented many boat accident victims in the Riverside area, and we know the various legal challenges you might face in the aftermath of this kind of incident. If you believe you have grounds for legal recourse against the party responsible for causing your recent boat accident, we can help hold them accountable. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a Riverside boat accident attorney to learn more about how we can help you recover your damages.

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