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As the summer is coming to a close, many people are squeezing in their last minute warm weather activities. This can include boating for many people. When people take out their boat, it is important to be careful in doing so. This is because, like any other vehicle, boats can be very dangerous if they are not operated or cared for correctly. If a boat owner causes injuries or even death due to negligence, they can be held liable as a result. It is because of this that injured people or loved ones of a deceased can pursue legal action. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.

What is Boating Negligence?

It is crucial that boat owners take care of their vehicle and operate it safely. This is to ensure not only the safety of themselves, but others on the boat and on the water. If they act negligently and someone becomes harmed as a result, they can be held liable for another person’s suffering. Some ways a boat owner may be negligent can include the following:

  • If he or she is not an experienced boater
  • If he or she collides with another object because of inattentiveness, drowsiness, etc.
  • If he or she does not provide proper safety equipment on board and someone becomes injured as a result
  • If he or she operates the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If he or she causes an injury due to speeding 

How Can I Recover Compensation?

In order to recover compensation after becoming injured in a boating accident, the individual must file a personal injury claim. This requires them to prove the boat owner was, in fact, negligent and their behavior was the direct cause of their suffering. Evidence that can be helpful in doing so can include pictures or videos of the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injuries, and any potential witnesses statements. In the event of a death, the family of the individual can pursue legal action on their behalf through a wrongful death claim. If successful, compensation can be recovered for any related damages.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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