New York Boat Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a boating accident, you might be eligible to collect damages. Call our personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, to find out if you have a claim.
Boating Accidents are Caused by Negligent and Reckless Behavior
Boating accidents are often the result of a variety of factors. Most, however, involve some type of negligent or reckless behavior. Regardless of their cause, boat accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to passengers and innocent bystanders. Those injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and a lifetime of pain and suffering.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, we help victims of boating accidents collect compensation from the party or parties responsible for their injuries. We have the experience and skill to help you and your loved ones fight for monetary damages the laws allow.
While you recover from your injuries, let the personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, work on securing the outcome you deserve. We will do what it takes; negotiating with insurance companies, handling paperwork, gathering evidence, or representing you in court to help you collect damages that fairly compensate you and your family.
Thousands of Boating Accidents Occur Annually
Whether you live near the ocean or a lake, boating can be a big part of anyone’s life. Boating can even be a year-round activity, even here on Long Island. In New York State in 2018, there were over 400,000 registered powerboats. The NY Parks Department reported that there were nearly 20 fatalities from recreational boating in 2018. Of course, thousands of accidents caused non-fatal injuries. Nationwide, according to the National Coast Guard, in 2017, there were over 4,000 recreational boating accidents that involved approximately 650 deaths.
Our Lawyers Handle a Variety of Boating Accident Cases
There are a variety of reasons for boating accidents. Our personal injury lawyers have seen the aftermath of all. Regardless of the cause, a boating accident can leave victims physically injured and emotionally traumatized. Someone is likely responsible for acting negligently or recklessly and contributing to or causing the accident.
Some of The Boating Accidents Our Attorneys Handle Include:
- Boating accidents involving alcohol
- Alcohol is a factor in the vast majority of boating accidents nationwide. Alcohol consumption reduces reaction time, contributes to fatigue, and impairs judgment.
- Boating accidents involving distraction or inattention
- Boating accidents involving illegal or lawful drugs
- Boating accidents caused by a lack of operator training and education
- As with a motor vehicle, boating while distracted is also contributes to many boating accidents. Texting, looking at a phone, talking to passengers, navigating, and other factors that distract drivers cause many accidents on the water. The driver might not see an oncoming boat, a water skier, or notice dangerous conditions.
- Boating accidents involving unsafe speeds
- Driving a boat at excessive speeds is unlawful but also makes it difficult to control your vessel. Speeding can also cause a boating crash and the injuries to be significantly worse.
- Accidents involving propeller-related boating injuries
- Accidents with ejection injuries
- Accidents that involve violations of boating regulations
For each of the above types of accidents, our lawyers have the skill and experience to navigate the requirements of insurance companies, ask the right questions, gather evidence, examine records and apply the laws so that you have what you need to collect the damages you deserve.
Third-Party Liability for Boating Accidents
There are often times when the party liable for a boating accident is not the driver. Consider the following situation:
You are the driver on a boat, driving at normal speed when you see a jet ski approach. You act appropriately to slow your boat and turn the wheel to avoid the jet ski. However, the boat does not react as usual, and you can’t get out of the way in time. You crash into the jet ski, injuring the rider and yourself.
In the above scenario, who might be liable for the boating accident and the injuries?
The driver of the jet ski may have been negligent by speeding or driving while drunk. The manufacturer of the steering console on your boat may be liable for a defective part. The maker of the engine or brake parts of the boat may be liable for designing a faulty system
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the boat? That party might hold some liability if it failed to fix or notice the problem that caused the accident.
Our lawyers can help determine who is at fault for your boating accident and ensure that liability rests with the correct party.
Time May Be of the Essence
If you were in a boating accident, you must contact our attorneys as quickly as you can after the accident. Preserving evidence after a boating accident can be tricky, and the sooner you get help, the better. Also, there is a statute of limitations to file personal injury and wrongful death cases. We can’t know how much time you have left until we hear the facts of your case.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers for Help After You Get Hurt in a Boating Accident
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today to find out if you can collect damages after a boating accident. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other money the laws allow.
Call our boating accident lawyers at 800-403-6191 for a free case evaluation.