Lake Forest Watercraft Accident Attorneys
Getting You the Compensation You & Your Family Need
“Watercraft” accidents are any accidents that occur on a boat. A boat can be a privately owned boat as well as a jet ski or other similar personal watercraft.
When a person is operating a boat, they are expected to utilize the same care that would be expected of them were they operating a car on a road. This generally means that the driver is required to use the same degree of care that would be asked of them while driving on a normal road under the same circumstances. To meet this test of reasonable care, the driver should maintain watch for other watercraft, boats, water skiers, rock formations, swimmers, and other obstacles. Further, safe operation of the boat is not the only aspect that is required of a boater - they also have a duty to ensure that the craft is well-maintained, safe to operate, and has all necessary equipment onboard.
It is critical that all boating accidents be investigated as soon as possible to assess and determine liability. To analyze the evidence properly, the Lake Forest boating accident attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Christian Conrad APC will review the accident scene, review any photographs and accident reports, speak to witnesses and consult with expert witnesses if necessary.
To make sure you preserve as much evidence as possible following a boating accident, make sure that the police, coast guard, or other policing agency is called to the scene and that an accident/injury report is filed. You should also gather the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses to the accident.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a watercraft accident, obtain medical treatment immediately. Be sure to tell the doctors all of your complaints of pain, no matter how minor they may seem at the time. It is important that you are very specific in your description of your injuries, as messy or incomplete medical records can be a potential problem during your lawsuit.
Our experienced Lake Forest watercraft accident attorneys will discuss your situation and present you with all the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and professionally.
Call today at (949) 438-2660 to schedule your free consultation!