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After Boating Accident, San Francisco Cruise Ship Set to Sail

San Francisco news reports that the Carnival Cruise Ship damaged after catching fire during a voyage in November will set sail out of its San Francisco port next week.

The ship's problems gained national attention after catching fire while out at sea. While no one was reported injured, passengers were stuck at sea for three days. Coast Guard assistance was required to bring in food, water, and medical supplies.

If you have sustained injuries in a boating accident - whether on a personal watercraft, cruise ship or a commercial boat - a complex set of laws govern filing a lawsuit and obtaining compensation. It is critical to contact a experienced California boat accident lawyer to advise you regarding your rights.

Many times a combination of laws govern when a lawsuit must be filed, where it can be filed, and who may be found responsible. When cruise ships are involved, a contract may exist requiring you to file your lawsuit in a specific state. If the cruise ship originates out of a foreign country, it may be necessary to look to international law.

For more information, or if you have been injured in any type of boating or cruise ship accident, contact the experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

Sacramento County Sets Up Checkpoint To Eliminate Boating Accidents

The Sacramento Bee reports that in order to decrease the number of boating accidents in Lake County and throughout the Sacramento County area, the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Patrol will set up a boating under the influence (BUI) checkpoint this Saturday, July 24 on Clear Lake.

The Marine Patrol aims to reduce alcohol -related accidents and enforce boating laws on Clear Lake. At the checkpoint, boaters will be asked some brief questions. Boat operators will be detained longer for testing if they show signs of intoxication or impairment.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that in 2008, alcohol use was the leading contributor to boating accidents, and the leading factor in 17% of fatalities.

Alcohol has been shown to seriously impair boater's vision, which in turn may lead to serious accidents. Recreational boaters are often less experienced on the water than drivers on the highway, and their lack of experience is exacerbated by alcohol use.

The USCG suggests bringing non-alcoholic beverages on board, keeping plenty of food and snacks and avoiding excessive fatigue.

Although alcohol is a leading contributor to boating accidents, other factors play a role including excessive speed, driver distractions and reckless conduct. 

For more information on boating safety, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.