New York City Boating Accident Lawyer
Pursue Justice in New York
A boat accident can occur any day in New York and cause devastating, potentially
fatal injuries. In 2011 alone, the
United States Coast Guard found that there were nearly five thousand recreational boating accidents,
which caused over seven hundred deaths and over three thousand injuries.
If you've been injured in a boating accident, come to Belushin Law
Firm for legal counsel from a New York City boating accident attorney
with over a decade of experience.
Causes of Boating Accidents in NYC
The leading causes of recreational boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
The majority of all boating injuries are caused by collision with another
recreational boat. All of these causes could be attributed to operator
negligence. Injuries and fatalities on a boat are not limited to motorboats.
Although open and cabin motorboats are often involved in boating accidents,
injuries also occurred to occupants of canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats,
and personal watercraft.
Types of Injuries Sustained
In a boating accident, a person is particularly susceptible to certain
types of injuries. Boating collisions can cause the same types of injuries as an
auto accident, except the fact that boats are not equipped with safety features such
as seatbelts and airbags. Thus, boat accidents have the potential to cause
more catastrophic injuries to the occupants.
Furthermore, the leading cause of death in boating accidents is drowning.
Even when wearing the proper life vest, boat occupants of all ages are
at risk of a boating accident which might cause them to drown. In addition
to drowning, hypothermia, and trauma caused by a collision, boats also
carry the unique risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
There are several different major types of boats that accidents can occur
Private recreational boats - these are boats that are operated for recreational purposes and are
owned by a friend or family member. All recreational boat operators are
responsible for their actions when driving a boat.
Passenger or commercial recreation boats - these include ferries and sightseeing boats. Many of the injuries on
these types of large boats can include personal injuries from
slipping and falling on a deck.
Fishing boats and commercial vessel - when a person is an employee of a commercial vessel, they may be able
to pursue damages through
a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances.
New York Boating Accident Law
When a boating accident occurs, there are special rules of law in the United
States regarding an accident that happens on the water. Maritime law concerns
all claims for incidents that occur on an ocean or waterway. If you have
been injured on a recreational or passenger boat, you may have to bring
your claim through a separate process under maritime law.
If you have sustained a work injury on an ocean or waterway, Maritime law
has a special process for you to file your workers’ compensation
claim. You will need a law firm that is experienced in handling maritime
workers’ compensation cases. The NY boating accident attorneys at
Belushin Law Firm can provide representation whether you are a commercial
fisherman, cruise or sightseeing ship employee, or other type of employee
on a watercraft in the course of your employment.
Fighting for Compensation in New York City, NY
Sustaining a personal injury is a painful experience that affects your
health and your life. Unfortunately, handling a claim with an insurance
company can be extremely difficult and confusing. The insurance company
will try to minimize your settlement and downplay the effect your injury
had on your life. By hiring experienced
New York City personal injury attorneys, you can ensure that the insurance company compensates you fairly for
your accident. Just because your accident happened on the water doesn’t
mean you are any less entitled to a settlement.
If you or one of your family members sustained a personal injury on a recreational,
passenger, or commercial vessel, you are entitled to compensation for
those injuries. If a death in your family has occurred in a boating accident,
you may be able to bring a claim on their behalf for
wrongful death. Our Manhattan boat accident lawyers at Belushin Law Firm are experienced
in assisting boating accident victims, and we will fight to get a fair
boating accident settlement for you and your family.
Pick up the phone and
call Belushin Law Firm. We take your injuries seriously.