Now that the warm weather is on its way, more and more people will be taking their boats out for a relaxing day on the lake - perhaps Big Bear Lake. Others, because of the economy and high gas prices, will remain at home.
California has the third highest number of registered boats in the United States. This is not surprising since California has approximately ten thousand miles of shoreline. Statistics show that a substantial number of boating accidents, including injuries and fatalities happened in the Inland Empire - more than 60%.
Even though the operator of the boat is responsible for his or her actions, the most common cause of boating accidents is operator negligence. Not paying attention or unsafe speeds can lead to accidents with other boats or even individuals on jet skis or wave runners - not to mention swimmers. In addition, alcohol is a common cause of boating fatalities.
If you are injured due to the negligence of a boat operator, you may be able to file a claim against the operator for your injuries and/or damages. Contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney to see if you can seek financial recovery.