Summertime is approaching! Many families will begin to enjoy boating, jet skiing, and other water-related activities. With that being said, it is important to be cautious when partaking in these activities. Failing to adhere to proper safety measures can result in serious or sometimes fatal injuries.
The most common types of boating accidents include the following:
- Capsizing as a result of colliding with another boat;
- Slip and falls from a wet surface on a boat;
- Tipping of a boat as a result of excessive speeds;
- Boat fires; and
- Failing to have sufficient safety equipment such as life jackets.
Commonly, boating accidents occur as a result of inexperience, intoxication, or boat malfunction. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the leading cause of fatal boating accidents is a result of consuming alcohol while boating. According to the USCG, in 25 percent of boating deaths, alcohol was a contributing factor. In addition, boat operators with a blood alcohol level of .10 or higher are 20 times more likely to get into a fatal accident.
An injured person may have a negligence claim against a boat operator in the following circumstances:
- Engaged in boating in restricted waters;
- Failed to have the proper safety equipment on board;
- Operated an overcrowded watercraft;
- Overloaded a watercraft with equipment;
- Injured by a propeller;
- Failed to adhere to boating rules or navigation;
- Crashed into another watercraft or object;
- Engaged in excessive speeds;
- Failed to monitor the water for swimmers, boaters, or skiers; and
- Operated a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs, among others.
Boating accidents often result in death or serious injuries that may require long-term care and treatment. Injuries from boating accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones or torn ligaments;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Amputations; among others.
A person injured in a boating accident may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Rehabilitation costs; and
- Pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a boating accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. In personal injury cases, a plaintiff must prove his or her case by a preponderance of the evidence in order to win. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled New Jersey boating accident lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.