Sacramento Boating Accidents Lawyers
100+ years of combined experience fighting for you
Water recreation activities are popular in the summer, but boating, parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and canoeing, present special dangers for serious injury, death, and property damage.
The Sacramento boating accident attorneys of Kershaw, Cook & Talley have the expertise and experience needed to help victims injured in boating accidents and other recreational water activities. If you've suffered harm in a boat accident, such as brain damage, spinal cord injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other injuries, contact our firm today to get started on your case.
Schedule your free consultation by calling (916) 520-6639
Why Hire Kershaw, Cook & Talley?
The legal team at Kershaw, Cook & Talley has over 100 years of combined experience representing the injured in Sacramento. Through dedicated, personalized representation, we've recovered billions of dollars for our clients, helping them regain the quality of life they once held before their injuries.
Clients continue to rely on our law firm because:
- We have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of our clients
- We have over a century of combined experience
- We are a nationally recognized personal injury law firm
- We are committed to our clients and dedicated to every case
- We offer a free consultation to start your case
When you need experienced representation to file a personal injury lawsuit after a boating accident in Sacramento, you can count on the team at Kershaw, Cook & Talley.
Determining the Cause of a Boating Accident
A fun day out on the water with friends and family can quickly turn dangerous because of negligent behavior. In 2014, the Coast Guard counted 4,064 accidents that involved 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Causes of boating accidents can be broken down into two main categories:
Boat operator error
Whether a watercraft is privately owned or rented, a boat operator must adhere to Calfornia boat laws and safety guidelines. If an accident occurs because of a violation of those rules, the boat operator may be held liable.
Common examples of boat operator error include:
- Alcohol use (boating under the influence)
- Careless or reckless operation of the vessel
- Distracted or inattentive operation of the vessel
- Unsafe or careless behavior of passengers
Rental company negligence
Watercraft rentals are extremely common in Sacramento, whether you're rafting down the Sacramento River, renting a jetski at the Folsom Lake, or operating a speedboat in the Bay Area. Rental companies have a legal obligation to their customers to ensure their watercraft and equipment are well-maintained.
Boat renters are frequently injured in accidents caused by:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Failure to maintain the watercraft
- Lack of proper operation training
If a recreational watercraft rental company acted negligently and you or your family suffered harm, you deserve just compensation.
A third cause of boating accidents is defective equipment or boat parts. If a watercraft crashed or caused injury because of a dangerous design, lack of safety warnings, or a defective part, the manufacturer may be liable.
The Sacramento boating accident lawyers at Kershaw, Cook & Talley have experience representing these types of cases and know how to investigate the cause of your accident so that you can hold the liable party responsible.
Call our firm at (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free consultation of your case.
Water Sports Injuries and Alcohol Use
According to the United States Coast Guard:
- A boat operator is likely to become impaired more quickly than a driver, drink for drink.
- The penalties for boating under the influence (BUI) can include large fines, revocation of operator privileges and serious jail terms.
- The use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.
It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state.
Life Jackets Save Lives
Drowning is one of the top five causes of death in water recreation. In 2014, the number of deaths from drowning were 418, 337 of the victims were not wearing life jackets. In other words, where cause of death was known, 78% of fatal boating victims drowned. 84% of those drowning victims were not wearing life jackets (personal flotation device or PFD). All states require children wear life jackets when involved with any type of water sport. Life jackets can save your life if your vessel capsizes or sinks, if you are thrown off, unable to swim, injured or if you are unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes.
Carbon Monoxide: The Odorless Killer
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. CO is very dangerous because it clings to your blood better than oxygen does, and consequently blocks oxygen in your body. Quick exposure to high concentrations or prolonged exposure to low concentrations can kill you. Engines, gas generators, cooking ranges, and space and water heaters are sources of carbon monoxide.
Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to seasickness and intoxication, including:
- Eye irritation
Courtesy of the United States Coast Guard:
Where CO May Accumulate?
Carbon monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat.
How Can It Accumulate?
Boat owners and operators have a duty to their passengers and may be responsible for serious injury or death. If you were injured in a boating accident or water recreation accident, call our boating accident attorneys at (916) 520-6639, or fill out and submit the contact form found on this page.
Start your free case consultation today, speak with a Sacramento boating accident lawyer at Kershaw, Cook & Talley.