San Diego News 10 reported that 34-year-old Maricon Yeso of Escondido, her mother Aurora Yeso, 59, and Anesia Bautista, 47, were fatally injured in a boating accident on October 15, 2011. The three woman were riding on a Sea-Doo at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, when they were struck by a 21-foot powerboat causing their wrongful death. Four people in the boat also sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital. According to L.A. County sheriff Mike Rosen, witnesses say the boat hit the Sea-Doo when both were making high-speed turns and collided. The incident is under investigation, to determine who was at fault.
Our sympathy goes out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
Applicable California Law
California law requires that when two water craft are turning, the one on the right has the right of way, requiring the other vessel to yield. There are no facts to indicate who had the right of way before the collision. However, if the driver of either vessel was inattentive, regardless who was primarily at fault, the drivers and owners of both vessels would be liable for the wrongful death of the victims’ (see my prior Blog post on Wrongful Death Law in California). In addition, those responsible would be liable for the personal injuries sustained by those in the boat. Issues of comparative fault will most likely be determined by witness statements, the police investigation as well as analysis of the accident reconstruction and human factor experts.
A weekend outing on the lake results in the tragic loss of life. Boat accidents often happen at high speeds, causing serious injuries or wrongful death. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to find out about your options is key to obtaining fair compensation.