Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Washington boat accident attorney, if you were injured in a motorboat, sailboat, PWC, jet ski, fishing boat collision and need to speak with an boat injury lawyer, call us at 1-800-636-3676 for free consultation.

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.

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  • 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.

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