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How Do Boating Accidents Happen?

The weather is going to start heating up and that means more and more activity on the water. Boats will start to make their way out, but it’s imperative for all sea-goers to understand the potential for dangers and what causes boating accidents to occur.

Here are some of the things of which you need to be aware:

  1. Boating under the influence: Just like vehicles on land, when the operator of the boat is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their actions can cause someone else harm. It is also illegal for boat drivers to be intoxicated while operating the watercraft.
  2. Speeding: Like in any situation involving a heavy vehicle, watercrafts must operate at a safe speed to prevent serious collisions. Traveling at an unsafe speed reduces the time you have to react and a collision with another boat may occur.
  3. Equipment defect: There are situations where a manufacturing defect can cause an accident, such as when the boat engine fails. It’s important for boat owners to ensure their parts are maintained regularly.
  4. Reckless boating: Just like on the road, the waterways have certain rules that must be followed, such as how much distance there must be between you and other boats. Violation of these rules put all others on the water at risk of harm.

Cases involving watercraft can seem difficult and many individuals don’t recognize their rights to pursue compensation. However, there are options available to you and our New York boating accident lawyers can help explain the entire process.

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident caused by someone else’s actions, our team at Levine and Wiss is ready to stand by your side and navigate the process on your behalf. Trust that we go the extra mile to protect your best interests.

Call (888) 973-0344 today to speak with someone at our firm.