Two boats collided on the evening of March 1, 2008, in the entrance to Useless Inlet, located near Bamfield, a Province of British Columbia. One of the boats was the Big Water, a 26-foot Tiara boat, while the other was the Attacker, also a Tiara boat, but 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, the 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. The 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.
According to the The Benton Law Firm, many factors lead to boating accidents including alcohol, poor lighting, boat malfunction, driver inexperience, weather conditions or speeding. Boat accidents can be quite severe to the victims who are either sitting alone in the water or stationary on a boat. A motor boat flying at you full speed while you are sitting in the water in an inner tube can lead to devastating injuries that may take weeks or months in the hospital in order to fully recover. As a victim of a boating accident, you are eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. Boat operators are held to a high standard of care to prevent devastating injuries from occurring and when a boat operator neglects to take the proper precautions, they should be liable for any resulting injuries.
One of the most discussed accidents at sea, however, was the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in April 2010. Besides causing 4.9 million barrels or 210,000,000 U.S. gallons of oil to continuously gush from the drilled seabed well, it also claimed 11 lives and injured 16 other workers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2003–2010, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry (onshore and offshore, combined) had a collective fatality rate seven times higher than for all U.S. workers (27.1 versus 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers). The 11 lives lost in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion provide a reminder of the hazards involved in offshore drilling.
A maritime injury lawsuit attorney explains that as an employee in one of the most dangerous industries in the nation, you deserve to be protected from harm, especially if you have been injured in an oil rig explosion, rig accident, or ship accident. In the event of an injury, you deserve the proper compensation to help you recover and move on with your life.