Collect Compensation after a Boating Accident

Though boating is a highly popular pastime in San Diego, CA, injuries that result from an accident can be devastating. Boating accidents are unique, in that they can fall under both land-based and maritime laws depending on the circumstances. If your injury takes place on navigable waters, it is important to retain the services of a lawyer who is well-versed in maritime accidents. Attorney Chris Olsen can help you collect compensation if you have sustained an injury as a result of another's negligence. Contact our boating accident attorney today to discuss your case in more detail.

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A boat accident can result from choppy seas, strong winds, and inexperienced drivers.

Maritime Lawsuits

San Diego is known for its beautiful bays and oceans, and millions of residents and visitors take part in water sports each year. In additional, there is extensive commercial activity that occurs on and around San Diego shores. With so much activity, there is a higher likelihood of an accident from sheer congestion. 

Maritime law comes into play in any navigable water, including the ocean, lakes, rivers, or waterways. An attorney may pursue damages under maritime law if you experienced an accident involving a:

  • Ferry
  • Recreational fishing boat
  • Cruise ship
  • Jet ski
  • Yacht
  • Sailboat
  • Charter
  • Barge

Your injury may fall under maritime law if you are either a seaman working on a navigable vessel or an individual participating in recreational water activities. The nature of your accident will determine the type of law that applies.

What Causes Boat Accidents?

Boat accidents can result from:

  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Machinery failure
  • Excessive speed
  • Inclement weather
  • Strong currents
  • Operating a boat while intoxicated 
  • Collisions between boats 

If you have been injured in a boating accident, an attorney can help to establish the cause and pursue appropriate parties for damages.

Boating accidents are unique, in that they can fall under both land-based and maritime laws depending on the circumstances.

Injuries and Respective Consequences

Boat accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Victims can sustain broken boats, cuts, bruises, and lacerations. More severe injuries such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries can occur on impact. If the boat tips over or collides, passengers can also be thrown overboard. Often, victims need long-term care to recover from these injuries. Many will not achieve a full recovery and require ongoing rehabilitation and physical therapy. In addition, lost wages and diminished earning capacity can place a substantial financial burden on victims and their families.

Establishing Liability in a Boat Accident

If negligence played a part in your accident, you may have grounds to seek compensation. A boat operator can be found negligent if they failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care or demonstrated disregard for the safety of others. To establish negligence, our team can carefully investigate the incident, interview eyewitnesses, and examine all relevant reports.

Contact Our Office for More Information

If you have been involved a boating accident, our team at Olsen Law Offices can help. Attorney Chris Olsen can review your case and recommend the best course of legal action. To schedule a visit, contact us online, or call us at (619) 550-9352.

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