While most people see boating as a fun and relaxing weekend activity, it does not come without risk. Since New York is a state brimming with bodies of water, the risk of boating accidents and collisions is higher here than in many other places. Here are some questions you may have if you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident of any kind:
What are the types of recreational boating accidents in New York?
There are several different types of boating accidents, many of which involve not only monetary burdens but physical harm as well. Some of the most common types of boating accidents are:
- Colliding with another vessel: Oftentimes, the rules and regulations regarding boat safety are not strictly enforced, which is why it is important to know and adhere to the regulations yourself. Boat accidents in which two vessels collide are oftentimes the result of one or both party’s negligence, so it is important that everybody follows the New York State boating regulations.
- Collision with a fixed object: If you are operating a boat, you must be alert at all times so you do not fail to recognize and respond to any sort of debris, rocks, shallow waters, or boating docks.
- Falling overboard: Another huge safety issue. If your boat has slippery floors or reckless passengers, then the chances of someone falling overboard are drastically increased.
- Capsizing: This usually follows another accident, such as a collision, and it results in the overturning of the boat.
How do I receive compensation for a boating accident due to another party’s negligence?
In the event that you are involved in a boating accident, you must be able to prove the other party’s negligence in order to receive compensation.
How do I prove the other party’s negligence?
Proving negligence requires you satisfy the burden of proof, which is why it’s extremely important that you take pictures or video of the incident, if at all possible. It may dramatically increase your chances of winning the case. There are several actions another party could take that may prove their negligence. Not unlike proving negligence in other motor vehicle accidents in New York, ways you can prove the other party’s negligence include, but are not limited to:
- If the other party is drunk while operating their boat
- If the other party was distracted or drowsy/asleep at the time of the incident
- If the other party was speeding or not acting in accordance with New York State boating laws and restrictions
If you are able to prove the other party’s negligence in the event of a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation that could contribute towards your medical bills, economic damages, and more. Additionally, you may also qualify for non-economic damages, such as pain, suffering or any sort of emotional trauma you may have endured as a result of another party’s negligence. This is why it is so important that you contact an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights today.
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