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Boating / Watercraft Accidents

There are millions of boats and other types of watercrafts currently registered in the United States, and close to 1,000,000 are registered in California. California also has the second highest watercraft accident rate in the country.

According to government statistics, watercraft accidents account for the following:

  1. More than 8,000 people are injured in boating accidents each year in the United States.
  2. 2. There are more than 800 boating fatalities each year in the United States.
  3. 3. Alcohol consumption contributed to 39% of all boating fatalities in California.
  4. 4. Improper operation of a personal watercraft was responsible for 19% of the boating injuries and fatalities involving people under the age of 18, and nearly 1/3 of those victims were younger than 16.
If you have suffered damages as a result of a boating accident, you may be able to file a claim to recover all of your losses including medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of current and future income and loss of enjoyment if your accident occurred due to another's negligence.

Your ability to make a claim for personal injury rests upon three factors:

  1. First is liability, that is who caused the accident and is legally responsible;
  2. Second is the establishment of an amount of damages to which you are legally entitled, and;
  3. Third, the ability to collect the damages, specifically what sources, such as insurance or individual assets, are available for payment of a settlement or damage award.

Many claims involving boats and watercrafts are extremely complex. Not only are there specific state laws governing boating accidents but there are also federal maritime laws that must be addressed.

As attorneys, we help our clients establish the liability, evaluate and prove the damages, and collect the settlement or judgment. We handle all of the details, and are prepared to help our clients get through the hardships and stress associated with a boating accident.

As lawyers, we act both as advocates and negotiators on behalf of our clients. We handle personal injury claims on a daily basis, ranging from simple whiplash injuries to catastrophic injury and death claims. We handle claims from the start to the finish, including a professional evaluation of the claim, meeting the legal deadlines, all dealings with insurance adjusters and other lawyers, and taking care of a lot of the details that accompany any injury claim.

Calton & Burns, Attorneys at Law, have been representing injured individuals for over 25 years. Our team of dedicated lawyers represents those who have suffered serious injury, financial loss, personal loss and future damages due to negligence and wrongful acts of others, including boating and watercraft accidents, swimming pool accidents, motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, aviation accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents and defective products.

If you have been injured in a boat or watercraft accident, we will be glad to discuss your case with you at no charge and with no obligation.

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