Every year, people are injured in boating accident caused by distracted or otherwise negligent operators of watercraft. These accidents can lead to severe injuries and even death. Victims who have been injured on a body of water may have difficulty coping with these injuries, warranting a consultation with a Sacramento boating accidents attorney who can take the lead in the case.
California is home to some of the world’s most beautiful lakes, islands, beaches and shores. Many tourists and residents alike enjoy such recreational devices as boats, jet skis and other motorized watercraft. Despite warnings that boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence, the operators of such vehicles may have consumed alcohol or drugs, putting other people on the waterway at risk.
Additionally, California waterways are home to ferries, commercial boats and cruise ships. The operators of such craft must operate such vehicles with the greatest degree of care.
Victims of boating accidents are susceptible to a variety of injuries to nearly every portion of their body. Victim’s head and limbs are often exposed and are most likely to be injured. Other common types of injuries include
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Personal injury attorneys can handle communications with insurance adjusters and negotiate with them to secure maximum compensation. In some cases, insurance policy limits may be reached. By having a skilled personal injury lawyer take the lead, a victim can focus on his or her recovery.
One aspect of the case that a personal injury attorney can assist with is by helping to develop the evidence to help support the victim’s claim. For example, the lawyer may be able to help identify potential witnesses. For example, friends on a boat may have seen the first moments of the accident. A coast guard or lifeguard may have administered first aid.
Personal injury attorneys can help recover damages that boating accident victims suffer, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you would like more information on how a Sacramento boating accidents attorney can help you with your case, contact Amaya & Associates Law Group at (916) 452-6116. Our free consultation can help you learn about your legal options.