Throughout Northern California, particularly in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties, boating has become a popular form of recreation. The state’s lakes and oceans, such as Lake Berryessa, Lake Sonoma, Lake Mendocino, just to name a few, play host to numerous boating accidents that injure and kill thousands of people each year. Claims involving boating accidents must be filed and handled by an attorney with a strong knowledge of boating laws and regulations. The timeliness and statutes of limitations for such claims although is generally two years, they have some other components, which make them a bit tricky, so hiring counsel sooner rather than later is imperative.
When evaluating boating accidents, our law firm pays close attention to a boater’s failure to comply with boating laws as well as to the common causes of boating accidents, which include:
- Boating under the influence
- Reckless or aggressive boating
- Unsafe speeds especially for the conditions
- Unlicensed, untrained and unqualified operators and owners
Operator error and negligence are the most frequent causes for boating accidents. Oftentimes, operators underestimate the dangers of boating because they are improperly trained or under the influence. Boaters who cause injury accidents must be held responsible and our law firm makes that a priority. Further, there are numerous state and federal laws that regulate safe boating, vessel maintenance and boating behavior. Further, there are also laws that require operators to report any type of watercraft accident or injury. These accident reports must be filed with a law enforcement agency or the California Department of Fish and Game or other state agencies where appropriate. To learn more about the personal circumstances of your boating accident injury and how our law firm’s highly experienced legal team can work toward obtaining the maximum compensation possible, please contact the Santa Rosa office at 707-387-0940 or San Rafael office at 415-234-0142 of Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.