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Northern California Location
1912 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-446-4692 Phone
916-447-4614 Fax
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Southern California Location
9327 Fairway View Place, Suite 304
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909-477-8920 Phone
Other Locations in Whittier, Chico, Stockton and San Jose

Sacramento Boating and Maritime Accidents – Who is at Fault?

Boating and maritime accidents encompass a variety of situations, involving vastly different types of vessels ranging from personal watercraft such as sailboats and jet skis to cruise ships. Having an experienced law firm such as Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation in Sacramento to deal with your personal injury increases your likelihood of not just recovering compensation — but maximizing the recovery amount.
Boating accident statistics
In 2009, California recorded a total of 627 boating accidents, 398 boating injuries and 49 boating fatalities. The property damage resulting from these boating accidents came to $4,484,105. The greatest percentage of accidents were collisions with other vessels, with 65 percent involving personal watercraft, 52 percent involving sailboats, 44 percent involving cabin motorboats and 26 percent involving open motor boats. The most prevalent motorist causes of boating accidents were operator inattention (36 percent), followed by operator inexperience (26 percent) and excessive speed (24 percent).

Fault in maritime accidents

Cruise ships bear a responsibility to ensure their passengers are safe and do not suffer injuries. Because of the size of the ship and all the activities in which people can engage, cruise lines have similar liabilities as other business owners that provide recreational facilities. Types of accidents that can occur while on a cruise can include the following:

  • Food poisoning
  • Swimming pool accidents or drowning
  • Contagious diseases due to unsanitary conditions

Passengers who suffer injury because of a cruise line’s negligence can hold the business liable for damages. Ship employees who suffer injury on a cruise ship also have legal protection under maritime law, such as the Jones Act, which enables them to recover damages for medical costs and lost wages.

Put strong advocates on your side

Boating accidents can cause extremely serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death. Dealing with such catastrophic injuries can require a lifetime of assistive care and medical attention. Costs may run into millions of dollars. To be sure you receive adequate compensation and are not saddled with expenses, you need a competent and experienced law firm to handle your case. Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation has decades of experience representing clients in Sacramento with boating accidents and other types of accident and injury lawsuits.

Consult an experienced maritime and boating accident law firm

Contact us online or call 1-877-212-6907 for a free consultation.