Boating accidents can range from mild to severe, but there is one thing they usually all have in common – they are often the result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Whenever an accident involving a pleasure craft takes place, victims and their loved ones have the right to consult with a boating accident attorney in order to determine if they qualify for any damages for their pain and suffering. The lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have witnessed a fair share of accidents at sea, some of which have been caused by unfavorable weather conditions or equipment failure, while others have been the result of speeding, pilot inexperience and even operating while under the influence.
Some accidents are never fully explained until months or even years pass. There are others that are never even completely explained. Authorities are currently working on figuring out the details of a recent accident that took place in the California Bay Area. The incident involved an oil tanker crashing into a bridge. Luckily, no one was injured as a result of the crash and there was no reported oil leak, which means that the damage is likely to be limited to the vessel and possibly the bridge.
However, the damage to vessel is extensive. The U.S. Coast Guard has identified the boat collision as a “major marine casualty,” meaning that the cost of the damage is estimated at over half a million dollars.
The captain, who was piloting the boat at the time of the accident, had already been involved in three previous crashes. He was found to be at fault in two of those crashes, which were both considered minor. The area where he works is considered one of the most difficult to navigate through and requires special training in order to be licensed to pilot a large vessel in those waters.
Investigators took blood samples at the scene in order to determine if intoxication was a factor in the accident, but a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said they are still analyzing the samples for drug use. There was no evidence of alcohol intoxication.
Experts are still trying to figure out exactly what caused the crash to take place. If the captain has had prior reports of maritime negligence, he may have caused the crash due to inexperience or other factors. If anyone had been hurt, victims and their loved ones could pursue a boat accident claim against him for their pain and suffering.
It is important for any boating accident victim to know that they are entitled to consult with an attorney to discuss their options following an incident. Victims may be entitled to money damages, medical care and property damage reimbursement following a crash, and with the help of boating accident lawyers, justice can be obtained.
If you or someone you know was involved in a boat crash, contact the attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. for help in filing a case.
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