The Southern California region benefits from warm and pleasant temperatures almost all year round, so it’s not a surprise that many residents have their own boats and ride them quite often. Boating is a fun recreational activity, as well as a great mode of transportation; however, with increased boat activity comes an unfortunate increase in boating accidents, too.
When proper care and discretion are not practiced, boating can turn from very relaxing to very dangerous in a matter of seconds. Operator error, unsafe speeds, and failure to abide by the maritime navigation rules are just a few ways in which boating accidents occur. In 2014, there were 379 boating accidents in the state of California that resulted in 256 injuries. Additionally, 29 of those accidents were fatal.
If you or someone you know was recently injured, or even worse, killed, in a boating accident, our Los Angeles boating accident attorneys are here to help. Unlike accidents on land, boating accidents are unique in that they often lack witnesses, and there is always the possibility that critical evidence has disappeared or sunk into the water. Pair this with special state and federal maritime laws, and you have one difficult case to prove. This is why we recommend that you consult with one of our experienced boating accident attorneys in Los Angeles to ensure justice is served.
Jones Act Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
The Jones Act, also sometimes referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal statute that protects the rights of a seaman in the event of an injury at sea. For the most part, the Jones Act will cover work-related injuries on any of the navigable waters and high seas around the United States. However, certain factors can and will limit the amount of compensation that can be claimed — unless a skilled Los Angeles boating accident attorney is present. These factors include but are not limited to:
- Where the boating accident occurred
- Whether or not the injured/killed person was on-the-job working as a seaman
- If the employer can be held liable for the boating accident
Our Jones Act injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim to see if your injury qualifies under The Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or any other coastal law that could be applicable.
If we have determined that your claim does indeed qualify under one of the above laws, our Barnes Firm lawyers immediately get to work conducting a thorough investigation to prove fault. This may include gathering witness testimony, employment records, or speaking with experts in the field of maritime to help our Los Angeles boating accident attorneys identify some sort of liability in your case.
Injury claims filed under the Jones Act can be tough, but our team of lawyers is tougher. Give us a call today so we can discuss your case immediately.
Jet Ski Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles
Personal watercraft like WaveRunners, Ski-Doos, and jet skis pose certain risks that bigger watercraft do not, like the loss of steering, skittish maneuverability, and very dangerous speeds. Still, in the past two decades, jet skis have become more and more popular, mostly among the younger demographic, and can be seen everywhere up and down the California coast.
While jet skiing can be a thrilling water activity, proper care and caution need to be exercised, like with any other watercraft; otherwise, a serious accident or injury could occur. Inexperience, inattention, and operating under the influence lead the way as the most common causes of injuries and accidents, with excessive alcohol consumption accounting for the most deaths.
Another area of concern is that fact that watercraft rental companies are blindly renting out jet skis to inexperienced users and not giving them the adequate instruction needed to operate them safely.
If you or someone you know was recently injured in a jet ski accident, our Los Angeles boating accident attorneys want to hear your case. After determining the cause of your accident, whether it be due to the negligent instruction of a boat rental company or the inattention of another party on the water, our experienced team of lawyers will find those liable and make sure the injured is fully compensated for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
When it comes to accidents that happen on the navigable seas on the southern California coast, you need a skilled boating accident attorney from Los Angeles to help wade you through the complexities of boating laws. To set up a free consultation with The Barnes Firm, please dial 800-800-0000 today.