Oxnard Personal Injury Lawyers
Representing Oxnard’s Injured
300 E Esplanade Dr. 9th Floor, Suite 23
Oxnard, CA 93036
Oxnard, a lovely city along the coast of Southern California, is renowned for its mild subtropical climate, fine beaches, extensive agricultural production, and for being one of the key manufacturing centers in the greater Los Angeles area. As a matter of fact, Oxnard is only 30 miles from L.A., making it a desirable destination for those who want to be near, not in the midst of, the wide-ranging cultural and entertainment possibilities of Hollywood and its environs. Oxnard is also famous for its strawberries; many tourists flock to Oxnard every summer for its California Strawberry Festival.
No matter how idyllic a place may seem, however, we all know that accidents, with all the trauma and confusion they involve, can take place anywhere, and Oxnard, California is no exception. With its miles of inviting coastline, Oxford is a popular location for water activities of all types. Locals and visitors alike enjoy motorboating, sailing, kayaking, whale watching, fishing off charter boats, water-skiing, and surfing. With all of these joyful ways to enjoy the ocean and local channels, it’s a shame that we have to consider the dangers of such activities, but of course we do. If you are injured in a boating accident in Oxnard, J&Y Law personal injury attorneys have an office at 300 East Esplanade Drive, 9th Floor, Suite 234, where we are fully prepared to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Statistics show that the majority of boating accidents occur towards the end of an outing when those operating the boat are more likely to be tired, distracted, dazed from a day in the sun, drunk or otherwise impaired. When you couple this with the possibility of bad weather, dangerous water conditions, recklessness, speed or other inattentive boaters, the combination can and all too often is, tragic.
How to Diminish the Number of Boating Accidents
Even on calm seas, it is the boat captain’s responsibility to maintain vigilance, monitoring the water for unexpected hazards. Licensed or not, this person should be fully trained in operating the boat and prepared for emergencies. The boat’s driver can be considered negligent if an accident occurs when he or she is:
-Driving a boat with passengers who are not wearing life vests
-Allowing underage or untrained passengers to control the boat
-Drinking, intoxicated, or abusing substances
-Failed to maintain the boat in a proper state of repair
-Not equipped the boat with emergency equipment
-Allowed the boat to become overloaded or unbalanced
-Is unaware of boating rules or is operating at a high speed
-Does not pay attention to weather alerts
It should be noted that, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s annual report, operator inexperience is the third most common cause of boating accidents and that 90 percent of drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
What should you do if you have a boating accident in Oxnard?
As with any accident, particularly one in which you sustain a personal injury, your first priority is seeking medical assistance. With water accidents, where there is the added risk of drowning, it is imperative that you get emergency responders to the scene as quickly as possible. Once everyone is being attended to medically, you have to consider whether anyone is responsible for the accident. Was the person driving the boat inattentive? Were passengers provided with necessary safety devices, such as life vests or life-saving rings? Was anyone abusing substances or behaving erratically prior to the accident?
While some accidents are unavoidable and may be attributed to inclement weather or unforeseen wave conditions, many boating accidents could have been prevented with careful preparation and prudent behavior. If you or a loved one has been victimized by the negligence of another, you may be able to receive compensation for medical costs, lost wages, resulting disability, and pain and suffering. This is when you must make a crucial decision: which personal injury attorney should you use? In Oxnard, indeed anywhere in California, the choice is clear: J&Y Law.
Why You Should Choose J&Y Law Firm
J&Y Law personal injury attorneys are well-respected in their field, with a reputation for compassion as well as competence. Not only do they have an office conveniently located on East Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, but they have a long-term record of success in all types of personal injury cases.
J&Y Law covers all types of personal injury cases, not just those involving boating. If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, by negligence in any one of the following, call on our highly skilled attorneys as soon as you are able:
–Vehicular accidents (boat, car, truck, motorcycle, airplane, bicycle, train)
–Slip and fall accidents
–Nursing home abuse and neglect
–Child abuse and neglect
Boating Accidents Statistics
Although the pleasure of boating is hard to overstate, the statistics surrounding this type of recreation are impossible to ignore. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that in 2015 there were 4,158 boating accidents in this country. Besides destroying over $40 million worth of property, these accidents resulted in over 2500 injuries and over 625 deaths.
As waterways become more crowded and boating regulations haven’t yet caught up with rules of the road, it is more important than ever to engage in safe boating practices, including avoiding all types of substance abuse while boating and preparing your boat with emergency supplies, including life jackets and flares. If, in spite of taking all possible precautions, you are involved in a boating accident, make sure to call for emergency assistance immediately.
The Next Step
As soon as anyone requiring medical care is receiving it, it is time to consider whether anyone’s negligence or malfeasance was responsible for the accident. If, due to the negligence of another, you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one during a boating accident in Oxnard, you are entitled to be compensated for medical and/or funeral expenses, current and future loss of earnings, as well as physical and mental pain and suffering. Contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at J&Y Law by filling out the form on their website or by calling 805.918.6746 to help you receive the compensation you deserve.