While most people know that there are many dangers associated with driving cars on public roadways, many fail to realize the dangers posed when hitting the many lakes and rivers in Northern California. At Hogan Injury, we specialize in representing people who’ve been injured in boating accidents including those which occur on the Sacramento River.
No one is prepared when the fun on the river turns to tragedy due to someone else’s negligence that results in a serious injury or death. California is one of the states in the country with the highest number of boat owners as boating is a favorite activity for many Californians who love spending leisure time on the water.
According to California’s Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), there were 294 boating accidents in Northern California in 2013 that injured 172 and killed 32. The DBW tells us that 9 of these accidents happened on the Sacramento River – the largest river in the state of California.
The Sacramento River supports a wide variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing and water-skiing. Nearly any type of boat can be involved in an accident on the river including motorboats, cabin cruisers, ferries, jet skis, sailboats and tour boats. People who are hurt in boating accidents often sustain the same types of injuries as those hurt in automobile accidents. However, water adds a significant risk for drowning.
What Causes Boating Accidents
There are many causes of boating accidents on the Sacramento River which include:
- Operator inattentiveness
- Operator inexperience
- Watercraft design defects
- Equipment failure
- Disregarding regulations
Our boat accident attorneys understand how serious injuries sustained in boating accidents can change lives. Whether you are recovering from an injury, caring for someone you love who was badly hurt or grieving the loss of a family member, having a California boat accident attorney on your side can help ease the burden you face and improve your chances of receiving a positive outcome. The legal team at Hogan Injury can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to under law so that you can put your life back on track following the unfortunate accident you were involved in.
We operate under a guaranteed no-fee policy which means you do not pay us unless we settle or win your case. For the entire time we work on your case, we will work closely with you while providing honest answers to your questions. We will involve you in the decision-making process and will use our experience and knowledge to advise you concerning the legal options you have. Call us today or contact us online to discuss your case. We are available 24/7 to speak with you.