Boat and Watercraft Accidents
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a boat accident or collision caused by the negligence of the boat driver, call a Washington boat accident attorney at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC for a free initial consultation at 1-800-636-3676.
We live in one of the most beautiful regions in the country, surrounded by the Cascade and Olympic mountains, many rivers and lakes, and the Pacific Ocean. During the summer months, we head out to the water in our boats to cruise around, swim, fish, water ski in Lake Washington
in Seattle, Lake Sammamish
, American Lake in Tacoma, Lake Chelan
, and Moses Lake
. Or maybe we set sail in Puget Sound
for the San Juan Islands, or go on a fishing trip off the Washington coast near Ocean Shores, Westport
, Grays Harbor County.
Unfortunately, accidents happen on the water with boats just like on the roadway with cars, and when they do happen, the injuries can be more serious and sometimes end in tragic death of a boating passenger. The causes of the boat crashes can be reckless speed, inattention, or usually the combination of drinking and driving.
Just recently a man was sentenced to three counts of homicide by watercraft for being under the influence of alcohol when he capsized a boat on the Nisqually River
June 12, 2008 causing the deaths of three people who were thrown overboard. In another case on Lake Washington, a motorboat collided with a sailboat that was moored just off the shoreline when it was traveling at a high rate of speed. And in Lake Sammamish, a boater ran over a swimmer in mid afternoon severing the swimmer's limb with the boat propeller.
We can help you sort through and answer the many questions that are probably running through your mind after an accident or loss. For example, do I have a claim, who do I file against, what insurance coverages are available, are there time constraints for bringing an action, can I get my medical bills paid, what about my wage loss, who will investigate the accident and preserve the evidence?
Call a Seattle boat accident attorney, Bellevue boat accident, at 1-800-636-3676 and speak with a boat injury lawyer now.
Blog for Boat and Watercraft Accidents
Library for Boat and Watercraft Accidents:
- When Are You Required to File a Boating Accident Report in Washington?
If you were involved in a boat accident, you may have to file an accident report. Learn when you are required to do so and what information you must include.
- How can I tell if I’m suffering the effects of secondary drowning?
Afraid you may be suffering the consequences of delayed drowning? Click here to compare your symptoms with the common effects of secondary drowning.
- Drowning and Other Boat Accident Risks
Boating is both an exhilarating and dangerous hobby. Before you kick back on your next cruise, click here to learn more about your risks—they may surprise you.
- Falling Overboard on Lake Washington Has Claimed Lives; Don’t Be the Next
Too many boaters have died in the water of Lake Washington this year. Don’t let that happen to you or your loved ones.
- Will the Drunk Boater Who Hit You Have to Take a Breathalyzer Test?
If you were injured in a boating accident by a driver who was intoxicated, can he be required to submit to a breathalyzer test? Find out what the new law says.
- When Your Boat Turns on You: What to Do When You Capsize
Capsizing often comes with the territory when sailing, but when you don’t respond appropriately, the results can be deadly.
- Why You Are at Risk for Getting Into a Bellevue Jet Ski Crash
Although riding on a Jet Ski is exciting, you’re putting yourself at risk for getting into a Bellevue Jet Ski crash. Here’s why.
- Following These Safety Tips Could Prevent a Seattle Jet Ski Accident
Although exciting, jet skiing is also dangerous. If you make safety a priority, however, you can reduce your chances of getting into a Seattle jet ski accident.
- This Isn’t the Party You Expected: Injuries From a Puget Sound Charter Boat Accident
Passengers may get more than they pay for when charter boat company negligence puts individual safety in jeopardy.
- Washington State Mandatory Boater Education & Boater Education Cards
A Seattle boating accident attorney shares information on the mandatory boater education requirements in Washington State.
- Washington Boat Accident Lawyer: Safety Items That Should Be Aboard Every Boat
A Seattle boat accident attorney reviews a list of safety equipment that you should have on your vessel in case of a collision or injury.
- How Washington Waterskiing Accidents, Tubing Accidents & Wakeboard Accidents Happen
A Washington boating accident attorney explains the common causes of wakeboard accidents, waterskiing accidents, and tubing accidents and injuries.
- Puget Sound Boating Safety: Preventing Accidents & Injuries
If you plan on boating on Puget Sound this summer, read these important safety tips that can help prevent Washington boating accidents and injuries.
- Children and Boating
Boating season has officially started here in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some things to keep in mind before you take small children out on the water.
- How To Safety Tow Your Boat On Washington Highways And Interstates
Follow these helpful safety tips to reduce your chances of being involved in a vehicle accident while towing your boat in Washington State.
- 2011 Washington State Boating Fatality Statistics Reveal Importance of Life Jackets
This summer’s Washington boating accident and fatality statistics are yet another reminder of how important life jacket safety is while out on the water.
- Seattle's Seafair weekend is next week! Which means Lake Washington will be packed with thousands of boaters and swimmers enjoying the (hopefully) sunny weather, U.S. Navy Blue Angels show and the famous hydroplane races. Before you hit the waters next weekend, read the Seafair 2011 Notice to Boaters to make sure you and your passengers have a fun and safe experience at Seafair! [PDF]
Seafair 2011 Notice to Boaters for the upcoming Seafair weekend, provided by Seattle boating accident attorney Andrew Kim Law Firm.
- Washington Boat Safety: Navigating Around Bridges And Dams
It is important for all boaters to understand the potential dangers surrounding bridges and dams. A Washington State boat accident lawyer explains more.
- Washington Boat Accidents And Mechanical Failures
This week a Seattle water taxi crashed into a dock injuring seven people - and initial reports say that a mechanical failure was to blame in the boat accident. Unfortunately, mechanical failures, mechanical issues, and mechanical problems are a common cause of boat accidents in Washington State.
- Washington Boating Safety: Importance of Life Vests
Life jackets are called life jackets for a reason - they can be the difference between a minor boating accident injury and a boating accident fatality. Do you know the Washington State life jacket boating laws? Learn more to keep your boating adventures safe and injury-free this summer in Washington.
Frequent Questions for Boat and Watercraft Accidents:
Videos about Boat and Watercraft Accidents:
Web Resources for Boat and Watercraft Accidents:
- Adventures in Boating Washington Handbook
Description: Boating Basics Section, It's the Law Section, Other Information, Boating Checklist, Washington State Parks Moorage Permits, Washington State Pump-out Locations, Tide Tables for Washington,
Boaters' Reference & Phone Directory, Killer Whale Viewing Guidelines and Laws
- Boating Safety Education in Washington
Description: Washington’s mandatory boater education law will eventually require all Washington recreational motorboat operators to carry a Boater Education Card, which shows that they have completed a basic boater education course. This applies to operators 12 years and older operating any type of vessel powered by 15 horsepower or more.
- Coast Guard News and Video
- It's the Law: Specifically for PWCs
Description: There are additional legal requirements that apply specifically to the operation of PWCs on Washington waters.
- It's the Law: Specifically for Skiing
- U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Safety Course
Description: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boat safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the boating education needs of recreational boaters.
- Who May Legally Operate a Boat or PWC in Washington State
Description: Current requirements are as follows and will remain in effect.
You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft legally.
It is illegal to lease, hire, or rent a personal watercraft to anyone under 16 years of age.