Summer time in California offers limitless possibilities for fun-in-the sun activities for residents and visitors to the Golden State. Many people choose to enjoy the great outdoors by spending a day on the water. Whether it is a day of fishing in coastal waters or just cruising on a lake or river, boating is a popular pastime in California.

According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), there are more than 1400 places to go boating in the state. No matter where or how you choose to enjoy the water, don’t neglect basic safety measures.

Even the most experienced and best prepared boaters can have accidents. Do you know the procedures to follow if you have a boating accident? Here is summary of what to do:

  • Give your name, address and vessel registration number to the other people involved in the accident.
  • Help anyone who is injured.
  • Contact law enforcement officers if someone was killed or is missing as a result of the accident.

Depending on the severity of the accident (death, disappearance, major injury, total boat loss or damages greater than $500) you may also have to submit a written report to the DBW within 48 hours.

Vigilance is necessary when you are outside enjoying summer time activities especially on a boat. Even if you follow all of the safety tips and procedures, you may still be involved in an accident. If you were hurt or injured as a result of a defect in your boat or negligence by other boaters, reach out to a California attorney for assistance. The lawyer can assess your case and offer his or her knowledge and experience to help put your life back on track.

By Kevin Quinn

Posted in Personal Injury