Boating and water sports, such as fishing, sailing, yachting, water skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving, wakeboarding and all other personal watercrafts, are designed to be fun and are incredibly common throughout California. Unfortunately, on rivers, lakes, deltas, slews and bays throughout Northern California, boating and water recreation can result in serious accidents injuries. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a boating accident, you need an experienced boat accident lawyer on your side; call 650-345-8484 or email us today.
Boating Accident Lawyers in San Mateo
At the law firm of Galine, Frye & Fitting, we have years of experience representing injured boaters, swimmers and others who have been hurt in accidents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Including these lakes, rivers & deltas:
- San Francisco Bay
- San Pablo Bay
- Lake Berryessa
- Lake Chabot
- Folsom Lake
- North Lake Tahoe
- South Lake Tahoe
- Russian River
- American River
- And More
We work hard to recover monetary compensation for the injuries they suffered that were caused by other boat or watercraft operators, many of whom are operating negligent or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Primary Assumption of Risk – Boating Accidents
Under the law in California, there is something called the “primary assumption of risk.” This means that, if you are hurt while boating, water skiing or engaged in another activity on the water and that accident happened due to negligence, you have the right to sue a third party.However, there are exceptions to this general rule.
For example: Galine, Frye & Fitting recently settled a case for $4.55 million involving a boating accident in an estuary in San Francisco Bay. GFF’s client was being towed on a raft behind a boat driven by the defendant when the raft slammed into a bridge abutment. Plaintiff suffered serious injury to his internal organs and was hospitalized for nearly 3 months. Both plaintiff and the driver of the boat had consumed alcohol before the accident
Our firm has represented individuals who have suffered broken bones, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and other types of injuries in boating accidents. We are also experienced at helping families file wrongful death lawsuits following fatal boat accidents.
Contact Galine, Frye & Fitting to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
At Galine, Frye & Fitting, we represent individuals who have injured in boating accidents throughout the Bay Area. Call us at 650-345-8484 to arrange a free case evaluation or contact us online to get more information.