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Who is responsible for personal injuries when boat accidents occur?

Who is responsible for personal injuries when boat accidents occur?

Numerous catastrophic and fatal boat accidents have been in the news lately, including the devastating dive boat explosion and the recent fatal boat collision that left one woman dead and several having sustained serious personal injuries.

The laws covering boating accidents vary. They may be governed by state law, or federal maritime law, depending on a variety of factors, including the type of vessel and the location of the incident. Hence, its always best to check with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer who can advise you on the appropriate steps to take, and can advise you on the specific laws that may apply in your matter.

In most situations however, fundamental questions of negligence cover whether you may be entitled to damages when injuries occur. Thus, it is important to determine whether the operator was negligent. Where collisions occur, one or both operators may be found responsible. Other issues to consider include whether the vessel was properly maintained, all safety protocols were followed (were there life jackets for all passengers? Was the driver operating the boat safely?), and whether any third party may have been responsible for creating an unreasonably dangerous situation. Question of recklessness, boating while intoxicated and other operator errors are significant.

Who is at fault for a boat accident and may be held responsible may be a complicated legal analysis. As such, if you or a loved one has been injured on the water, it is important to contact a dedicated San Francisco personal injury attorney immediately for an initial consultation.


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