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Spring Break and Watercraft Accidents

Water sports are enjoyed by millions of people across the country. The spring and summer holidays are the best times to enjoy them. Leisure boating, boat racing, water skiing ,and many other types of activities are especially popular during the spring break holiday. The latter is a time to relax, recreate yourself, and enjoy the company of friends and intimates.

However, it is also a time of increased risk and hazard. Enjoying yourself need not come at the expense of endangering your health and safety. It is important to be vigilant and careful, even as you try to get as much as you can out of your vacation.

Causes Of Boating Accidents

Boats are fast and powerful machines, but they can be operated safely if the person driving them is competent, careful, and attentive. Operator inattention is one of the top reasons for boating accidents, and the second highest cause of fatalities. The person operating the boat should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Although the operator wants to join in on the partying and reverie going on in the back, they must keep their minds on what they are doing. To do otherwise can lead to disaster.

Excessive speed is another major cause of boating accidents. Even if a boat operator has a clear waterway in front of them, they must take care to not drive the craft too hard. In any case, if you are in a public and popular water space it is likely that you will encounter other craft. Driving at high speeds may prevent the driver from turning or changing direction when they need to.

Alcohol use also tops the list of causes for boating accidents. No one who intends to drive a boat should engage in excessive drinking beforehand. Doing so is no different than driving a car while drunk.

Weather and hazardous waters are also dangers. The boat operator should be alert enough to know when the weather is turning and to act accordingly. The operator should also adhere to all navigation rules of the road. If they do not, they put everyone on the boat at risk.

Legal Action After An Accident

Being in a boat accident can cause you tremendous physical and emotional pain. It can severely disrupt your plans for school and your future. You put your trust in the operator of the boat and they betrayed they trust by being reckless. It is right for you to take legal action against them. Hiring a New York personal injury attorney is the first step toward getting justice. At Levine and Wiss, we’re ready to help.

Call us today.