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.