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Boat Accident Attorneys

EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION TO HELP YOU SEEK JUSTICE FOR BOATING INJURIES

The San Francisco Bay is a favorite of sailors and also a major port for large container ships, passenger ships and sightseeing boats. As a result, boating accidents are not uncommon. In recent years we have seen a variety of injuries to passengers on cruise ship, adventure boats, dive boats and many others. Most recently we learned of the tragedy when a dive boat caught fire at sea resulting in the deaths of more than 30 people.

WHAT CAUSES BOAT ACCIDENTS?

Common causes of boat accidents include:

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

INJURIES FROM PERSONAL VESSELS

The United States Coast Guard estimates that individuals who operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent 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. If you or a loved one is suffering as a result of any boat-related accident, a personal injury attorney from our team at The Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., may be able to help.

STAFFED VESSEL ACCIDENTS

It is not just personal vessels that get into accidents: staffed ships, including cruise ships, tour boats and shuttles, can also be very dangerous. 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. We assist people injured on someone else’s property.

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.

JONES ACT CASES

The Jones Act allows those working on ships and boats the opportunity to sue their employers. Further, many of the standards of proof in these cases are relaxed.

LET US HELP YOU PURSUE COMPENSATION

If you have been in a boat accident or injured in an accident related to a boat, our lawyers can help. We have assisted many individuals in recovering compensation for boating accidents.

We understand the regulations and laws put in place by the state of California and the federal laws regarding the Boating Accident Report system. We will work with the 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. Call us or send us an email to set up a consultation to talk about your boating accident.

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can be confident knowing that we truly care about what you’re facing and will do whatever it takes to
secure a successful outcome.

Beyond our accolades, we believe it is our compassion that truly sets us apart. When you come to our firm, you
can be confident knowing that we truly care about what you’re facing and will do whatever it takes to
secure a successful outcome.

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