With over 1 million registered recreational boats and water crafts, California has the second highest boating and water sport accident rate in the nation. Water sports such as power boating, sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, teak surfing, kayaking, and canoeing, bring with them the risk for serious injury, death, and property damage.
Water sport and boating injuries also present complicated legal issues that demand special knowledge of the laws that apply to sports activities and accidents on the water.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, the Sacramento accident attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law may be able to help. Contact us today to receive a free initial consultation. We are here to listen to your story, and get you the fair compensation you deserve.
Causes of Boating Accidents, Water Skiing and Jet Skiing Injuries
The most common causes of boating accidents and water sports injuries are:
- Careless or reckless driving of the boat, jet ski, or other vessel
- Operator distraction or negligence
- Inexperienced boat operator
- Operating/sailing the boat in dangerous waters
- Use of alcohol
- Distracted flag operator
- Equipment failure
- Failing to follow safe boating rules
- Failure to utilize flagger or observer
- Failure to provide or wear life jackets
Alcohol use is a common cause of boating accidents. In fact, it is present in over one-third of boating accidents, despite the fact that every state prohibits alcohol use while operating a vessel.
Failure to Provide or Wear Life Jackets
Approximately 70% of all boating accident drowning victims were not using life jackets (personal flotation device or PFD). In 2004, alone, it is estimated that more than 430 drownings could have been prevented if passengers had been wearing life jackets.
Boat Owner Responsibilities
A boat owner or operator may be responsible for personal injury or wrongful death damages if he or she fails to operate the boat safely, provide life jackets, protect against exposure to carbon monoxide, or fails to warn passengers or water skiers of carbon monoxide danger. If an accident, injury, or carbon monoxide poisoning occurs because of a defect in the engine or boat design, the manufacturers may be held accountable for damages under the law of product liability.
Sacramento Boat Accident Lawyer
Located in Sacramento, California, where the Sacramento Delta alone boasts over 1,000 miles of navigable water ways, our injury lawyers have extensive experience with the unique issues that boating accidents and other water sport related injuries present. If you have been injured in a boating accident, jet skiing accident, water skiing accident, fishing accident, or rafting accident, you should speak with an experienced boating accident lawyer in Sacramento immediately to protect your legal rights.
Contact the Sacramento injury attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law for a free and confidential boating accident case evaluation; please fill out and submit the form on this page or call us toll-free at 866-527-4278.