Manhattan Boat Accident
Each year dozens and dozens of people are seriously injured or killed in boat accidents in New York. Such accidents happen on both recreational boats and commercial vessels. However, a majority of accidents happen on recreation crafts. A recreation craft is a boat that is used for family or personal use and recreation. These watercrafts can be a small motorized boat, a sailboat or even a wave runner. Water sports can also be a factor in a boat accident, such as fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving or water skiing. Many boat accidents occur because someone was negligent. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the types of boast that are involved in accidents most often include motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. Depending on where the boat accident takes place, the law that will be applied to a boat accident is either maritime law or New York law. In addition, there is another set of laws that will apply if an employee is injured while working on navigable waters. Because of the legal complexities often associated with a boat accident, it is recommended that you call an experienced Manhattan Boat Accident Lawyer from our office who will aggressively work to protect your legal rights.Causes of boat accidents
Boat accidents often include capsizing, passengers falling overboard, collision with another boat or structure, fire, and sinking or flooding. Most boat accidents are avoidable as they are often caused by negligence. Common reasons for boat accidents are operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed. As a result of such negligence victims suffer serious injuries and in some cases victims die. In fatal boat accidents the top contributing factor is alcohol use.
Ferry accidents also occur as a result of negligence on the part of the ferry operator or the company that manages the ferry business. Common causes of ferry accidents include operator error, excessive speed, alcohol or drug use, poor maintenance, overloaded vessel, poor hiring practices, and failure to follow safety standards.
Boating injuries do not only occur on recreational watercraft and ferries. People who work on boats and ships also are sometimes injured in the course of employment. Maritime law, also referred to as admiralty law, is a distinct set of procedural and substantive rules that govern boats, ships, shipping, and other activities at sea or in any navigable waters. If you were injured while employed to work aboard a vessel as a seaman, crewmember, or commercial fisherman, you are protected by a federal maritime law called the Jones Act. 46 U.S.C. § 688. The Jones Act provides comprehensive coverage for crewmembers who are injured or die through negligence of their employer.Common boat accident injuries
There are a variety injuries that those involved in a boat accident may suffer. Only injuries that are deemed serious are compensable. Common serious boat accident injuries include broken bones, nerve damage, back injury, neck injury, traumatic brain injury, and spine injury.Holding the negligent party accountable
Serious injuries from a boat accident can lead to substantial medical bills, extended recovery time, and inability to work. Through a personal injury lawsuit there are a variety of types of damages that may be available to you based on the losses you suffered. For example, seriously injured victims will undoubtedly face substantial medical expenses. These expenses include the fees your doctors charge, ambulance fees, emergency room fees, hospital fees, surgical fees, costs of prescriptions, costs of medical equipment, as well as fees associated with rehabilitation. In addition, if you miss work, the negligent party is responsible for paying you the wages and other compensation that you lost.Manhattan Boat Accident Lawyer
Boat accident cases are extremely complicated and may involve state, federal as well as international law. To make sure that your case is properly handled, it is critical that those who represent you are experienced handling boat accident cases. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people injured on a variety of watercraft including fishing boats, water skis, cruise ships, jet skis, commuter ferries, and sailboats. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: