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Recovering Damages for Boat Accident Injuries

Recovering Damages for Boat Accident Injuries

At the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys advise and represent people who suffered serious injuries in boating accidents of all kinds, from river rafting or water skiing accidents to collisions involving commercial cruise lines or other seagoing vessels. Some of these cases will involve claims of negligence against the owner, while others will depend on proof of liability against an operator, rental agent or skipper of another boat.

Clients of Weber & Nierenberg benefit from our attorneys’ experience with the wide variety of legal and evidentiary problems that can come up in the investigation and proof of California boating accident claims. You also benefit from our highly personalized and attentive approach to client service while you are dealing with the difficulties that invariably follow a serious accident. For a free consultation with trial lawyers fully committed to the best possible results for our clients, contact us at any of our four locations in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael.

Comprehensive Client Service in Boat Accident Litigation

Our attorneys can handle even the most complex boat accident claims. As necessary, we work with experts from many professions and technical fields to prove facts essential to the success of your case. We also collaborate with your medical treatment team to make sure that your diagnosis, current treatment and future needs are fully documented in your demand for financial compensation.

Our attorneys also work closely with your medical and rehabilitation team so that your injuries, prognosis, and future treatment needs can be presented completely and persuasively.

Examples of the kinds of boating accidents we handle include:

  • Personal watercraft accidents (e.g., Sea Doos, Wave Runners
  • Water skiing accidents
  • Capsizings
  • Collisions in channels or at docking sites
  • Accidents involving drunk boating
  • Accidents caused by defective or inadequate safety equipment
  • Accidents on cruise ships, harbor boats or whale watching tours
  • Fishing boat accidents
  • Charter boat accidents

To learn more about your options for recovering the damages you need for a serious injury on the bay, in the ocean, or on an inland lake or stream, contact Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation with experienced boating accident attorneys. You can learn more about our firm by visiting our website at https://www.weberandnierenberg.com.

Representing Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Investigating and proving damages claims against drunk drivers is a different exercise from other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. To learn how an experienced personal injury attorney can develop and present the facts that can help you recover the full measure of your damages, contact Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation.

With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Rafael, our law firm is convenient for clients throughout the Bay Area. We accept claims against intoxicated motorists on a contingent fee basis, which means that we collect no attorney’s fee unless and until we recover compensation for you, either through settlement or trial.

One of the biggest cases our firm ever handled involved an intoxicated bus driver who struck and seriously injured our client in a rear-end collision. We settled the case for $3.75 million.

Establishing Civil Liability for Drunk Driving

In our experience, evidence of drunk driving, substance abuse or other impairment on the part of the defendant driver can be a powerful circumstance toward establishing our client’s right to damages. We know how to work with evidence of intoxication without regard to the outcome of any criminal DUI or DWI charges against the other driver. In certain cases, our attorneys can even allege that the other driver was impaired even if no charge of drunk driving was brought against the other driver.

Because a civil claim for damages involves a lower standard of proof than a criminal prosecution, claims against drunk drivers can go forward even without a conviction on a DUI charge. We can use the evidence of intoxication developed by law enforcement without having to worry about proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. We can also look at evidence of past substance abuse problems and prior drunk driving offenses on the part of the defendant.

Evidence of intoxication will be important in most drunk driving accident cases because it can support a claim for punitive damages. Additionally, liability for drunk driving accident damages will often be excepted from the discharge in bankruptcy. Proof that the other driver had been drinking to the point of impairment or beyond will usually strengthen the accident victim’s claims.

Learn more about the ways an experienced trial attorney can use evidence of drunk driving to help an accident victim achieve justice. Contact the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation. You can also visit our website at https://www.weberandnierenberg.com.

 
 
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