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Pursue Justice for Injury Victims 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 Brooklyn boat accident attorney with over a decade of experience.

Causes of Boating Accidents

The majority of all boating injuries are caused by a 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.

The leading causes of recreational boating accidents include:

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed

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 on, including:

  • 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.

Maritime Law & Your Personal Injury Claim

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 Brooklyn & 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 Brooklyn 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.

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