San Diego Boating Accident Attorneys 

California has numerous lakes, rivers and the longest stretch of the Pacific coast in the country. However, with the opportunity for recreational boating and other activities comes the increased risk for accidents and injury. Fast-moving boats and jet skis can cause serious injuries and accidents by capsizing, sinking or colliding with another watercraft or a water skier.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2015, there were 4,158 boating accidents, resulting in 626 deaths and over 2000 injuries. The vast majority of boating victims drown and 71% of boating accident deaths occur in conjunction with a boating operator who did not receive boating safety instruction. Boating accidents occur for many reasons, but the main causes of these accidents are distracted boating, inexperience, machinery failure, and excessive speed. Like car accidents, drinking and operating a boat can also result in serious injuries or deaths.

Personal injury firm, Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, APC, represents plaintiffs in San Diego, Orange County, Riverside county, San Bernardino County, Imperial County, and all of Southern California in pursuing full recovery for damages resulting from boating accidents and injuries caused by the negligence of others. Boating accidents are unique because boaters may be subject to maritime law. Having a lawyer who is familiar with this type of law can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates are qualified boating accident lawyers in San Diego, California who can fight for your rights and help you seek the maximum recovery under the law. If you or a loved one has been injured on the water, call toll free 855-290-8080 for legal help.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable in Boating Accidents in San Diego

Generally, the legal issues associated with boating accidents and injuries are similar to other personal injury claims issues. Questions of negligence and causation determine what if any damages may be recovered by the injured. However, there are other factors that must also be considered. Maritime laws and boating laws are different than the laws of the road. For instance, in San Diego, boaters must respect speed limits when operating boats near swimmers or surfers. Boaters who are operating their boats near coastlines are also required to respect speed limits. Just as in driving, speeding in a boat kills. Boaters may not see swimmers or surfers, resulting in serious propeller accidents.

The age limit to operate a boat also differs from driving. According to the City of San Diego, no person under 12 years of age is permitted to operate a boat. Children between the ages of 16 and 18 must also be accompanied by an adult when operating a boat.

Boats must have proper safety equipment, including floatation devices, safety vests, distress signals, fire extinguishers, and other safety gear. Not having this equipment can result in issues should boaters be involved in accidents. Additionally, boaters must have registration cards and numbers. While many boaters receive proper training in boat operation, a surprising number of people don