Many people enjoy the warm weather in Newburgh, New York by doing recreational
activities in the water. Whether people are on Chadwick Lake, Orange Lake,
or the Hudson River itself, people operate motorboats, rafts or canoes,
jet skis, and other types of personal watercraft in order to enjoy the water.
Experienced Newburgh boating accident attorneys understand that this is fun, but at the same time, many people are injured
and even drown in boating accidents that are mainly preventable. We also
know the norms, rules, and regulations surrounding the use of watercraft
that will help an injured party achieve court awarded compensation for
boating accident injuries.
Many behaviors and unique characteristics surrounding boating attribute
to accidents. People simply do not operate watercraft as frequently as
they do motor vehicles. This means that experience on the water develops
slowly. Additionally, there is no license requirement to become a recreational
boat operator, so anyone can operate the craft even if they have no experience at all.
Additionally, people forget or do not realize that controlling a boat is
different from operating a motor vehicle. Boats do not turn the same way,
accelerate the same way, nor do they stop the same way. Boats don’t
have seat belts either, or airbags. Often times, basic safety equipment,
such as life vests, are not used or even present in the craft. Boats can
also be over crowded with passengers, making it harder for the captain
to control the craft.
Failing to realize any of these issues or to practice basic safety techniques
are frequently the direct cause of injuries and deaths. If not the direct
cause, any one of them can contribute to a death or injury.
Much like motor vehicle accidents,
boating accidents can result from going too fast, failing to observe boating rules, and
operating the craft under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
Not having the required amount of life jackets, allowing a person too young
to operate the craft without supervision, reckless or wanton behavior,
operating the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, among others, may be the grounds for a negligence claim. If the negligent
act caused an injury and damages, then court awarded compensation is possible.
Consider the following statistics that help illustrate the gravity of the
problem. Within the last ten years, the number of registered personal
crafts has reached nearly 13 million. Recent years have seen nearly 5,000
boating accidents in any given calendar year. Any year can see upwards
of 700 deaths attributable to boating accidents and nearly 3,500 injuries.
Again, many of these accidents, injuries, and deaths could have been prevented.
Are you interested in learning more about common summer accidents? Find
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in the summer time available here. Also read about
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Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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