Boating Accidents

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 Talley Barlow 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 Talley Barlow?

The legal team at Kershaw Talley Barlow 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 Talley Barlow.

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 California 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
  • Speeding
  • 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.

Manufacturer liability

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 Talley Barlow 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.

Contact an Experienced Boat Accident Lawyer

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 Sacramento 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 by calling at Kershaw Talley Barlow.


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