Injuries Sustained from Accidents on BoatsWritten by Carla Ballatan
Have you had a particularly sunny day spending time in a boat or yacht that turned awry due to unexpected accident on board and at sea? Well, misfortunes do happen at most unexpected times. And sometimes, it leaves serious physical injuries. Accidents on boats are particularly tricky since this involve sea and its undetermined depths. You would never know if you’re going to spend last days of your life not on dry land… Well, before we go into gory details…we might as well tackle your rights as victims of injury which resulted from accidents on boats and what legal actions you can do.
We are going to give you important facts you need to know, before anything else. Did you know that there are almost thirteen million recreational numbered boats in United States? Meanwhile, boating accident resulting to injuries number close to six thousand every year and cause over thirty nine million dollars in property damage. Last 2002, in a boating accident case, 750 people were killed. In almost 40% of these boating accidents case fatalities involve alcohol. Fatalities are most often result of drowning.
Once accidents on a boat or any vessel at sea occur, authorities should be informed quickly about it. The case is required to be reported to federal or state authorities especially when following circumstances happen: accident causes death or disappearance, indicating death or injury, of any individual; boat accident caused injuries to persons in it and requires medical care beyond first aid and/or if damages to vessel or property exceeds five hundred dollars.
School Bus MishapsWritten by Paul Hood
Buses are a fairly safe mode of transportation. However, they can be very dangerous if they are involved in an accident.
Bus accidents often result in serious injuries and even death. Factors that contribute to these accidents are driver negligence, inadequate security, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products and improper maintenance, among others.
According to University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, based on information from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are less than 300 fatal bus accidents in an average year. Of those, about 30% involve transit buses and 40% involve school buses. There may be variations from other sources but above figure paints a frightening picture of dangers buses pose to riding public.
If you are injured in a bus accident you may be able to file a claim against bus company to receive damages for injury you have sustained. You may either be on board bus while mishap happened or you may be walking on street or riding a car.
Like trains and planes, buses are conveyances that are required to provide a higher level of safety for its occupants. They are liable for injuries that passengers may suffer. It is mandatory for them to have equipment in good condition and skilled drivers to ensure safety of passengers. State policies may vary but in general, if a personal injury occurs because carrier was not in compliance with safety regulations, carrier may have total liability for personal injuries.