Bay Area Boating Accidents

San Francisco Injury Lawyers

Northern California is a beautiful place to soak up the sun or test your skills in boating. With thousands of miles of pristine coastline and beautiful lakes within a short distance, the Bay Area is a boater's paradise. The San Francisco Bay is a favorite of sailors and also a major port for large container ships, passenger ships, and sightseeing boats. Boating accidents are not uncommon.

Hundreds of accidents are reported each year in San Francisco, resulting in millions of dollars in physical damage as well as serious injuries. It is not just experienced sailors who can be injured either; boating accidents can victimize any individual, regardless of sailing skill. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident, the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. may be able to help.

Interested in discussing your case with our Bay Area accident lawyers? Call us at (888) 906-8478.

Leading Causes of Boat Accidents

Numerous types of accidents can occur in maritime ventures, and whether you were a passenger, crew member, or the vessel's operator, you can be confident in our ability to represent you and protect your rights. Boating accidents can be disastrous and often result in very serious injuries.


Common causes of boat accidents include:

  • Capsizing
  • Collisions
  • Victims falling overboard
  • Water-skier or wake-boarder accidents
  • Boating under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding

The United States Coast Guard estimates that individuals who operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content of 0.10% or higher are 10 times more likely to be killed or kill an innocent victim as a result of their recklessness. These are serious concerns, and if you or a loved one is suffering as a result of any boat-related accident, a San Francisco personal injury attorney from our team may be able to help.

Staffed Vessels & Accidents

It is not just personal vessels that get in accidents - staffed ships can also be very dangerous. Staffed boats include cruise ships, tour boats, and shuttles. In most cases, accidents that occur on these ships are a direct result of an individual's negligence in maintaining safe living quarters, dining spaces, or walkways.

On cruise ships, any incident that occurs while at sea or in port most first be filed as a claim before any legal action can proceed in court. The limitation and jurisdictions under which cases can be filed can be tricky, so it is important that you contact an attorney who can help you understand the California laws and international laws regarding cruise ships and other vessels at sea.

Let Us Help You Pursue Compensation!

Following an accident, it is absolutely essential that you retain the representation of an attorney who can work with you to protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Our team of dedicated legal professionals has years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases, and we may be able to assist you as well. Whether you are seeking property damage compensation or looking to recover damages for pain or suffering, the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. can help.

We understand the regulations and laws that are put in place by the state of California and the federal laws regarding the Boating Accident Report system. Our firm can investigate with harbor patrol, including investigating the companies involved, and question witnesses. Working with our San Francisco boat accident attorneys can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

You need to contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. today. Schedule a consultation by completing a free case evaluation form now.