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Published on Jun 1, 2015
Boating accidents can open the door to the same maritime law concepts that apply to large commercial vessels. Experienced maritime attorney Tim Akpinar talks about the causes of boating accidents and some of the legal issues that can confront claimants who are injured on the water.
Although a Pearson 30 sailboat on an inland waterway could appear to have little in common with a 900-foot ocean-going tanker on the high seas, they are both vessels when it comes to admiralty jurisdiction, and are both subject to the same legal provisions applied by federal courts. This includes concepts such as limitation of liability, maritime salvage, and certain legal presumptions that become relevant in cases involving issues with running lights, PFDs, and other equipment.
In addition to being a former shipboard officer, Tim has owned several boats throughout the years. His background in marine engineering and naval architecture give him strong insight into examining the issues that often arise in the cross examination of expert witnesses in boating accident litigation.