Boating Accidents On The Way Up In California

One of the many things that adds to the overall beauty and desirability of California is its vast waterways, both in terms of fresh and salt water.

These lakes, rivers and the Pacific Ocean are all places where people converge throughout the year to enjoy what the water has to offer. Overall, millions of people head out together in boats
and in other vessels every year. Unfortunately, the popularity of the water is one of the reasons that boating accidents occur at such a high rate.

Below you will find a brief overview of the statistics regarding California boating accidents in terms of the number of crashes that occur, the number of injuries that result from these crashes and the number of fatalities that are caused by these incidents. Anyone who has been harmed or who has lost a loved one in a boating accident should seek the help of experienced North Bay personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.

California Boating Accident Statistics

When one reviews the number of California boating accidents
that occur on an annual basis, it becomes clear that this is a serious
problem that persists despite the encouraging drop in these crashes that
have occurred in recent years.

Every year, more than 600 California boating accidents occur somewhere in the state. These crashes lead to approximately 300 serious injuries and to 50 fatalities. Therefore, nearly one person is seriously injured every day in California boating accidents and nearly one person every week is killed. The majority of the deaths that occur are due to drowning.

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Legal Rights and Options After a California Boating Accident

In some ways, the legal aftermaths of boating accidents are similar to the aftermaths of car accidents.

Basically, if a boater is negligent or reckless when behind the wheel of a vessel and that person causes a crash, he or she could be found liable for damages after a California personal injury lawsuit.

Examples of damages that can be pursued and recovered include recoveries for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other forms of damages depending on the circumstances of a particular crash.

Of the many ways that someone can be injured or killed while on the water, just a few of the most common are listed below.

  • Accidents related to the boat capsizing
  • Injuries or mishaps due to falling overboard the vessel
  • Boating fires or explosions
  • Collisions between two ships or boats
  • Injury caused from the negligent operation of a boat including driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs

And some of the common injuries that may be sustained from a boat accident are:

• Traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, concussion
• Spinal, thoracic, lumbar, cervical injury
• Sprain, fracture, broken bone
• Internal, soft tissue, burn injury

How Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC Can Help

Unfortunately, the recoveries described above can be difficult to obtain for someone who has been injured in a California boating accident when that person attempts to obtain justice without legal help. That’s largely because these accidents occur suddenly and the events surrounding the crashes can be so chaotic that they seem to be nothing but a blur when someone who was involved in it attempts to recall the details.

Fortunately, people in this position can obtain justice if they obtain the proper type of legal help and hire experienced counsel, as we say, “the Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”

If you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, you need to seek the help of personal injury lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of clients for many years.


Contact Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today for your free case evaluation at:

707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507. Our two central and conveniently located offices in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) and Santa Rafael (Marin County).


“The Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”

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