With Labor Day Weekend coming up, many people are planning their last summer activities. For many, this can include boating. It is important to be safe when going out on a boat, as it can be very dangerous in the event that negligence takes place. Boat owners are required to make sure the vehicle is in good condition and operate it safely so that they do not injure others. In the event that they fail to do so, they can cause severe injuries or even death as a result. When this happens, injured parties or the loved ones of a deceased individual can pursue legal action to recover compensation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney.
What is Boating Negligence?
By owning a boat, a person is required to take the proper safety precautions so that they do not harm guests on their boat or others on the water. If they fail to do so and someone is harmed as a result of negligence, the boat owner can be held liable. Some ways a boat owner may be negligent can include the following:
- They are not an experienced boater
- They collide with another object because of inattentiveness, drowsiness, etc.
- They do not provide proper safety equipment on board and someone becomes injured as a result
- They operate the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- They cause an injury due to speeding
How Can I Recover Compensation?
Injured parties who wish to recover compensation after a boating accident are required to file a personal injury claim to hold a boater responsible. In order to do so, they must prove negligence took place and directly caused the injuries they sustained. On the other hand, if the accident caused death, the family of this person must prove negligence directly caused their death. Evidence that can be used to do so can include pictures or videos of the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injuries, and any potential witnesses.
Contact our Firm
A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!