There are approximately 700,000 registered vessels in the state of California
and a startling $4 million in property damage caused by boating accidents
in 2016. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in boating
accidents that involve a cruise ship, ferry, privately-owned boat, jet
ski or other types of watercraft. In fact 266 injuries and 50 fatalities
were reported in California in 2016, leaving hundreds of individuals and
families to deal with the emotional and physical ramifications.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, you
need a caring San Jose boat accident lawyer who can help you file a claim
for compensation. The majority of boat accidents are preventable, and
our personal injury firm is here to help you recover what you have lost
because of the negligence or carelessness of another.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Alcohol consumption plays a major role in fatal boating accidents, followed
by capsizing boats, collisions with other vessels and individuals falling
overboard. California law prohibits the operation of any vessel in a reckless
or negligent manner so as to endanger the limb, life or property of any
person. At Habbas & Associates, we are intimately familiar with this
law and others that serve to protect your rights in case of serious injury.
Who Is Liable In A Boating Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, a number of different parties
can be held accountable for a boat accident:
- The operator of the boat
- The owner of the boat (if different from the operator)
- The boat manufacturer
- The boat rental company (if the vessel was rented)
- A passenger on the boat (if they were behaving recklessly or preventing
the operator from doing their job)
Uncertain who should be held liable for your accident? Let us help! We
can help investigate your accident and gather evidence to support your
personal injury claim against the guilty party.
Call Habbas & Associates today for a free initial consultation.
How a Boating Accident Lawyer in San Jose Can Help
Regardless of whether you have been injured because of an intoxicated driver,
speeding driver or any other situation, you should call our firm to discuss
your case. With over 175 years of experience helping victims throughout
San Jose, we are passionate about protecting your rights and your future.
We may be able to help you file a claim to seek compensation for your
medical expenses and more, so call today.
Contact a boat accident attorney at our firm in San Jose to schedule your
free consultation today!