Category Archives: Maritime Law and Accidents

Maritime law and accidents as explained by a San Diego injury attorney with years of experience upholding the rights of injured cruise ship passengers, fishermen and dock workers.

Who Is Liable for Injuries in a Boat Accident?

Now that summer has arrived, we will be seeing a lot more boats out on the water soon, which means there will also be more boat accidents. Boating accidents often have horrific consequences, so it’s important to always be safe when out on the water, whether you’re on a boat or nearby one. If you are hurt in a boat accident, you may be wondering about your legal rights. We’ve compiled a summary of some of the things we think you should know. Negligence in Personal Injury Cases Similar to other personal injury cases, you have to be able to prove another person’s negligence caused the accident. Without proving negligence, you may not be able to recover money to pay for medical bills and other expenses. What Are the Most Common Causes of Boat Accidents? Depending on how the accident actually happened, your case could go a few different ways….
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No Charges Filed After British Olympian Dies in Boating Accident

After a thorough investigation, police have decided not to file criminal charges after an America’s Cup catamaran capsized in May 2013, killing British Olympic star Andrew “Bart” Simpson. America’s Cup is an international yachting trophy that is awarded to the winner of a two-yacht race. Yacht clubs have to meet certain requirements to qualify, but once they do, any yacht club can challenge the cup’s current owner. On May 9, the 72-foot Artemis capsized when the port side hull “dug into the water and failed structurally.” Simpson, a gold and silver Olympic medalist, sustained serious head and neck injuries and drowned after being submerged for about 10 minutes, according to the autopsy report. Some critics associated with sailing’s marquee regatta believed that the boat’s craftsmanship, rather than the pilot’s actions, caused it to crash. On Tuesday, September 9, a police report confirmed that the accident was caused by a structural…
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Reckless Boat Driver Faces No Charges for Fatal Accident

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) has reported it will not be charging the boat operator after a fatal crash at El Capitan Reservoir. On July 31, a blue and white Nitro boat sped through a “no wake” area and collided with another boat. The passenger and boat operator from the Nitro were treated for minor cuts and bruises, but both passengers from the other boat were killed in the crash. The SDPD concluded its investigation into the accident on August 21. Law enforcement officials also released new details about the crash, saying that the victim’s Bayliner boat was traveling northbound in the southbound lane during the accident. The details are murky. Bystanders say the Bayliner was stationary when it got hit, but it may have been moving anywhere from 5-20 mph. The area had been deemed a “no wake zone” due to low water levels, but the Nitro was…
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