Summer is a time for sun, surf and enjoying yourself on the water. In California especially, boating is one of the most popular pastimes during the summer months. However, unlimited access to California’s ocean and lakes can often lead to serious water-related injuries such as boating accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident, take the time read through these important notes on water-related impairments.

Negligence. California’s crowded beaches, lakesides and rivers cause a great deal of traffic on the water. Congested boating areas can often result in serious injuries if boat drivers are not constantly paying attention. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it is important to be able to to prove that your injuries stemmed from someone else’s negligence on the water.

Unpredictability. There are many unexpected twists and turns that can occur while taking part in water-based activities. If an injury occurs, you also must be able to prove that the accident did not simply occur due to water behavior. This could include unexpected weather conditions or rough currents.

Collisions. When encountering other boats on the water, the legal parameters generally follow similar guidelines to those of normal roadways. If a collision occurs and a boating accident is caused, both parties must rely on insurance exchanges to resolve and pay for any damages. Make sure you document your boating accident thoroughly, as another operator may be responsible for your injuries.

If you have questions or concerns about boating accidents and personal injury, contact Nantha & Associates today.