Boating Accident Lawyers
Central New York is home to many beautiful lakes, canals and rivers, making for some scenic boating and enjoyable outings with family and friends on the water. However, an enjoyable and carefree afternoon of boating can take a turn for the worse and turn into a serious tragedy if safety rules are not followed. We have heard many clients share their description of what they experienced just prior to a boating accident taking place, and how quickly a fun day on the water can turn to tragedy.
As personal injury lawyers, here at Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman we know about boating safety because we are boaters ourselves. We took the New York Safe Boating Course to receive our boating safety certificates and to further understand boating and the causes of boating accidents. We have even offered and hosted a boating class at our office to instruct others on proper boating safety techniques and boating accident prevention.
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Some of the most common causes of boating accidents that we have represented injured clients for, are as follows:
- Drinking and Boating – In New York State there is Zero Tolerance. Just like driving a vehicle on land, boat operators must drive the boat sober. 50% of boating accidents are alcohol related and thousands of New York State residents have become victim to boating accident fatalities due to alcohol.
- Lack of proper safety equipment on board– Every vessel including canoes, kayaks and row boats operated in NYS must have on board at least one USCG approved wearable life jacket for each person aboard. There are additional requirements for vessels over 16 feet and greater in length. Flares, whistles, flashlights, and a first aid kit are very helpful to have on the boat. Inform all passengers of the location of this safety equipment in the event of a boating accident.
- Speeding – Similar to vehicles on land, speeding increases the likelihood of boating accidents. Observe speed limits and slow down.
- Inclement weather– The Coast Guard attributes many boating accidents, deaths, and injuries to environmental issues such as weather, issues with dams, congested waterways, missing navigation aids, and treacherous waters. Don’t be caught out in a storm. Monitor the weather carefully.
- Inadequate boating safety training – Learning the NYS rules for boating safety is essential before you even venture out on the water. Boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 must have a boating safety certificate and be at least 10 years of age. Operators, who are younger than 18 years old, must be accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years old and is the holder of a boating safety certificate or not be required by law to hold one. Also, NYS requires that anyone operating a personal watercraft complete an approved course in boating safety or otherwise be accompanied, on board, by someone who is 18 years old of age or older, who is a holder of an approved boating safety certificate. Boating certificates are required to be carried at all times when operating the personal watercraft.
Sometimes, the carelessness, recklessness and negligence of a boat operator can lead to serious consequences. As Utica boat accident lawyers, we have experience with NYS laws governing boating operations and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are involved in a boating accident, let The People’s Lawyer help. Contact us for a free consultation today.
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