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Collision between Moving Boats

On the evening of March 1, 2008, in the entrance to Useless Inlet which is located near Bamfield, a Province of British Columbia, a 26-foot Tiara boat named “Big Water” collided with another vessel, the “Attacker,” which was also a Tiara boat which was 27 feet in length. The collision resulted to the death of the woman passenger (the only passenger) of the “Big Water” vessel.

During the trial, it was established that, prior to the collision, “Big Water,” which was entering Useless Inlet, was traveling at 26.6 mph with no navigation or running lights; the “Attacker,” then leaving Useless Inlet, had its running lights on as it traveled at 32.5 mph.

Due to the almost complete darkness, the two vessels failed to avoid a violent collision that significantly damaged both of the vessels’ upper parts. “Big Water’s” woman passenger was said to have suffered a severe, fatal trauma to her body, aside from getting ejected from the vessel into the water.

The court’s decision said that the operator of the “Big Water” operated his vessel at an unsafe speed, without navigation lights, and without keeping a proper look-out in a narrow channel where there was risk of collision: this is operation of a vessel in a manner that is dangerous to the public. With regard to the observance of standard of care in the operation of a vessel, the court ruled that the “Big Water” operator displayed a reckless disregard of extreme risk and in the circumstances, exhibited a marked departure from the norm.

Another incident, which occurred on August 23, 2008, involved two pleasure craft vessels that collided in a channel that was 150 to 200 meters wide which had little traffic; both vessels were traveling at about 40 mph and proceeding on parallel courses. The collision occurred after one of the vessels suddenly swerved and stopped, but not after it sprayed water on the operator of the other vessel and put itself in front of this other vessel. During the court hearing, the trial judge ruled that the operator of the vehicle that swerved was 100% at fault for the collision since his unforeseen and unpredictable reckless action was the real and lone cause of the accident.

According to San Diego sea injury lawyer Ritters and Associates, boating accidents can be very serious and may cause serious injuries to individuals involved in the accident. This is why boat owners and operators are required to act responsibly and carefully while operating their vessels in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, not all people comply, resulting in accidents which can cause severe injuries or death.

Being represented by a highly-skilled sea injury lawyer in a trial that would probe into the details of incidences leading to an accident (to determine fault and seek compensation) can be to the advantage of an injured victim.