Boating Accidents

Bellevue Boat Accidents Lawyer

If you have been injured in a boat accident through no fault of your own or if you have lost a family member in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, boating accident injury and fatality cases are different from many other injury lawsuits because most waterways are under federal jurisdiction. To successfully pursue compensation for your injuries or losses in a personal injury or wrongful death claim, it is important for your lawyer to have special expertise in the application of state and federal laws of the waterways in western Washington and Puget Sound.

I am John Polito, a Bellevue boat accident attorney with the knowledge, skill, and resources to effectively guide accident victims and their families. I understand the rules of the waterways and have nearly 25 years of experience helping accident victims and their families hold negligent parties accountable—including negligent boaters—and recover rightful compensation from insurance companies.

Lake Washington Boating Injury Attorney

I represent boat injury victims in Seattle, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Tacoma, and other cities in western Washington state. I also represent out-of-state clients who were injured or lost a family member while visiting the Seattle area during Seafair or were otherwise boating on Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, or Puget Sound.

As an experienced Washington state personal injury lawyer, I am equipped to handle all types of boat injury cases from those involving personal watercraft such as a fishing boat, speed boat, or Jet Ski, to those involving a cruise ship, a ferry, or any other type of watercraft.

Boating injuries can occur due to many factors: A boater can negligently fail to yield to another boat, can negligently cross the line between a skier and another boat, a Jet Ski can malfunction, a passenger can fall overboard when the driver turns too abruptly, a boat or other type of watercraft can catch fire or explode. To successfully recover compensation in these cases, it takes a lawyer with significant knowledge of the law who will uncover the facts of the case and will work relentlessly to establish liability for the accident. I work aggressively to establish responsibility for the accident, demonstrate the effect of injuries or losses, and work to obtain full and fair compensation for you and your family.

Unfortunately, many boating injuries, Jet Ski injuries, and other watercraft accident injuries or drownings could be avoided but for the negligence and carelessness of drunk boaters. While a drunk boater may face BUI (boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs) charges, that does little for accident victims and their families. I fight to hold these individuals accountable for the harm they have caused by pursuing civil lawsuits to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, or other harm. Because I also have a criminal defense practice, I understand the defense strategies that may be raised by the other side to defeat charges and civil boat accident claims. I am better equipped to cross-examine negligent boaters and expose how their negligence led to my clients' suffering.

Whether you have been injured in a boat crash or a loved one has tragically died in a fatal accident, I will guide you through the legal process so that you can move forward in the aftermath of a serious or fatal boat accident.

For boat accidents and all other personal injury or wrongful death cases, there are no attorney fees unless I recover compensation for you.

Free consultation: Contact me, Bellevue boating accident lawyer John Polito, for a no-cost assessment of your case and your legal options. From my office in Bellevue, Washington, I serve clients in Seattle, King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County. Please call my office at (425) 214-1032, or my cell phone at (206) 371-9870.