The best way to prevent an accident or injury while boating on New York
waterways is to be prepared. Know what safety gear is available, how to
use it, follow boating regulations, and to only ride on licensed vessels.
That being said, experienced Newburgh boating accident attorneys know that
accidents will still occur. The statistics show that many New York ferry
and cruise ship accidents are preventable. Moreover, statistics show that
many boating accident fatalities could have been prevented if regulations
were followed and if proper safety precautions were taken.
Safety precautions taken in advance of disembarking will greatly reduce
your individual risk of being injured in a boating accident. You should
always be aware of the weather forecast before disembarking. This means
being aware or the
latest weather forecast; not yesterday’s, or the projected weekly forecast
from the previous Sunday, or whatever else. For boaters, this includes
knowing the general weather forecast as well as the reports on water conditions
such as surf, waves, water temperatures, and the like.
You know the weather forecast before boating, and you should also be prepared
for the trip with proper supplies. This involves more than having clothes
and food. You should have bottled water, first aid supplies, sun block
lotion, matches, blankets, flashlights, batteries, flares, GPS, extra
life vests, and the like. Also, bring extra supplies of these items to
accommodate voyages that end up lasting longer than expected. Lastly,
adequate preparation also includes making sure that the vessel is mechanically sound.
Part of knowing how to supply yourself adequately for boating voyages is
taking boating courses. Just like you would for gaining licensure to operate
a car or motorcycle. While operating a boat takes different skills and
care as compared to operating land vehicles, some of the same rules apply.
With this in mind, don’t operate the water craft under the influence
of alcohol and or drugs, and follow waterway regulations, such as speed
The advice above sounds like common sense, but many people simply never
follow such guidance. If the advice alone doesn’t convince you to
be safer, consider the following statistics.
There were 456,909 registered vessels in New York during 2013. During that
same year, there were 195 accidents where 112 people were injured and
18 were killed. 126 of those accidents involved collisions between recreational
boats; this is the largest accident category by far. Grounding was the
second most common accident type; only 29 of those accidents happened
in 2013 within New York.
19 vessels capsized and another 16 accidents involved people being ejected
from the vessel. The largest cause of boating accidents relate to operator
inexperience. Excessive speed, mechanical failures, inattention, inexperience
and improper lookout also top the list.
Learn more about boating accidents in the latest article by our law firm
discussing various issues involving boating accidents causes, including
safety, common causes, liability, and the Jones Act,available by clicking here.
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