New York is known for providing recreational boating activities to its state residents and tourists. There is also a large commercial boating industry in and around NYC. There are waterways everywhere and of course the Atlantic Ocean is only a couple miles away.
Unfortunately, this pleasurable or professional activity can also cause havoc in the lives of boat riders if an accident takes place! If you are the recent victim of a boat accident, you should immediately consult an attorney in New York, only if you are fit enough to consult.
According to US Coast Guard’s 2007 statistics, a total of 5,191 boating accidents resulted in 685 casualties and 3,673 injury cases. The large majority of these boat accidents were caused by somebody’s negligence. Usually in such situations, the injured victims have a right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to retrieve financial compensation for incurred and future medical expenses, lost earnings, property damages, and pain and suffering. In case of deaths, the legal situation will be graver and may even lead to criminal proceedings.
Why do boat accidents happen?
As the US Coast Guard observes, most of the boat accidents occur due to one of the three following reasons:
Common Types of Boating Accidents
According to accident reports provided by US Coast Guard, the common types of boat accidents include:
In each of the above cases, human negligence can be identified.
The Legal Procedure for Filing Personal Injury Claims
The victims of boat accidents have the legal right to claim compensation for physical injuries, mental suffering, and property damages. The legal process followed may be something similar to:
Usually, eyewitness testimony is considered the best “evidence of negligence” during a boat accident. However, circumstantial evidence such as police records confirming operator error is equally powerful in establishing a case of negligence.
A Law Firm that Cares about its Clients
If you or someone you know has been injured in a boat accident in New York State, then please contact RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 for a free consultation. If you are unable to visit the law office due to your injuries, the attorneys from RMFW Law will visit you at the hospital or at your home.
We know this arena. We know how to win cases. We are not paid until you are paid. We will not settle until you are OK with the amount or if the end of the road has been reached. We will keep you informed every step of the way.