You Need an Experienced Boating Accident Attorney

Growing up on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, boating was always a fun way to relax and get out on the water. But when boat captains operate their boats in a negligent or careless manner, a fun activity can quickly turn quite serious. When it becomes dangerous and leads to an injury, a qualified boating accident attorney can help.

In 2016, the Coast Guard reported 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries, and approximately $49 million dollars in property damage. Alcohol use is the leading contributor of fatal crashes.

A majority of accidents that occur while pleasure boating include the following:

  • Your Boat Hits a Wave
  • Your Boat Hits Another Boat’s Wake
  • Your Boats Hits Another Boat
  • Your Boat Hits Land, a Rock, or a Submerged Object

Careless and Reckless Conduct

Careless and reckless operation of a boat can lead to boating and water accidents. Such careless conduct can include:

  • Splashing Other Boats
  • Jumping a Wake When Around Another Boat
  • Failing to Observe Other Boats Within Their Vicinity
  • Allowing Passengers to Sit in Appropriate Places While the Watercraft Is Moving
  • Failing to Maintain Safe Distance from Other Vessels on the Water
  • Inattention of the Boat Operator
  • Failure to Yield to a Water Skier, Jet Ski, Boat or Other Watercraft
  • Passenger or Cargo Overload

Aside from careless or reckless operation of a boat, there are several other causes of boating accidents. These include:

  • Alcohol Use
  • Bad Weather
  • Boat Passenger Carelessness or Recklessness
  • Excessive Speed
  • Inexperienced Boat Operator

While not always preventable, there are many things that can be done in order to minimize the risk of becoming involved in a boating accident. These include:

  • Taking a Course on Boat Safety
  • Inspecting the Boat Each Time Prior to Use
  • Maintaining a Fire Extinguisher on Board
  • Keeping an Eye on the Weather Forecast
  • Staying Sober
  • Ensuring That There Are Enough Flotation Devices for Every Passenger

Getting the Results You Deserve

Boating should be fun and most importantly, safe. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, consulting with an experienced boating accident attorney can help. Injuries and fatalities are often caused by the negligence and carelessness of boat operators. We can help to determine who is at fault for your crash and will work to get you the results that you deserve.

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