News reports that Operation Dry Water kicks off this weekend in an effort to prevent boating accidents caused by boating under the influence (BUI). From June 24 to June 26th, marine law enforcement will be out in force patrolling Sacramento and California lakes and rivers, searching for those BUI.
The show of force is part of an annual campaign focused on reducing the incidence of boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it is critical to contact a dedicated Sacramento boat accident lawyer to discuss your rights and explore your next steps.
Statistics reveal that more than 17 percent of boating fatalities are relating to alcohol use. California law prohibits operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Despite laws restricting operating a boat wile drinking, California does not have an open container law prohibiting alcohol on board. As the result, often boating creates a "party atmosphere" leading to reckless and negligent behavior. Whether you are a driver or passenger, it's a good idea to remain sober while on board.
If you plan to go boating this summer - play it safe. Wear a life jacket and avoid alcohol while out on the water.
For more information, or if you have been in California boat accident, contact the Sacramento personal injury lawyers at The Law Office and Frederick J. Sette for a free consultation.
With Memorial Day marking the unofficial kickoff of summer, it is important to remember a few boating tips and to be aware of potentially new risks and hazards in the Sacramento area waterways. In fact, as stated by Sacramento County Parks Director Janet Baker, Sacramento's American River is a "different river" this year - with colder water and swifter currents than in previous years. As a result, officials are warning boaters to be wary of faster conditions in order to avoid being injured in a boating accident.
If you or a loved one is injured in a boating accident, it is important to contact an experienced Sacramento boat accident attorney to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
When people plan to spend the day boating, an accident may be the furthest thing from their mind. However, boating accidents can result in serious injuries or deaths so proper planning is critical. In fact last year alone, 570 boating accidents occurred in California, resulting in 236 injuries and 49 deaths.
Of those killed, the majority were not wearing flotation devices. Under California law, boat operators /owners are responsible for ensuring each passenger has a life jacket. The failure to have appropriate safety equipment may lead to a claim of negligence.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, contact the dedicated Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.