Boating Accidents in New Jersey
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014
According to the United States Coast Guard each year hundreds of lives are lost and thousands are injured because of preventable recreational boating accidents. Unfortunately, too often pleasure outings can turn tragic. As a boat operator or as a passenger you have to make sure that you are fully prepared in case of an accident.
It is important to be very familiar with your vessel and the waterways that you are navigating. Over 70% of boating accidents are as a result of operator errors. We would urge you before you take your boat out for a pleasure ride that you take a boating safety course and obtain the appropriate boating license. It is essential that all operators and passengers on boats in New Jersey wear their life jackets. The US Coast Guard estimates that life jackets could have saved the lives of over 80% of boating accident fatalities. As the boat operator/captain you are in command of the safety of your passengers and it is important to wear your life jacket at all times while boating. Never operate your boat while under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.
What to Do After a Boat Accident
If you have been involved in a boat accident in New Jersey while boating in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, The New Jersey Shore, Lake Tomahawk, and or other waterways, you may be wondering what happens next.
- Who should you contact?
- How will you be able to prove fault?
- Who will compensate you for your injuries?
After a boating accident the first thing you need to do is report the accident immediately to the proper local authorities such as the Marine Police and then seek medical attention. At this point we advise you hire an experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Trial Lawyer to represent you in your lawsuit or claim. In cases where a boating accident is caused as a result of another individual’s carelessness, negligent behavior or complete disregard for the safety of others, the injured party may be eligible to recover damages to cover any accident-related expenses and can be compensated for their pain and suffering.
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At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm our New Jersey Accident Lawyers have over 25 years of experience in handling all types of serious personal injury cases, including boating accidents, recreational accidents, auto accidents, truck accidents, product liability cases, work related injuries, construction site accidents, medical malpractice cases, sexual assaults, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death claims.
Based on our extensive experience in handling serious boating accidents and other types of personal injury accidents in New Jersey we will immediately get to work to gather all of the appropriate information and when necessary will hire accident reconstructionist and engineers to determine who was at fault for your accident.
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Our New Jersey Accident Attorney will fight to protect your rights and to seek justice for you and your family. Todd Leonard, Esq. is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Certified Civil Trial Attorney. The team of New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers are committed to doing their best to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
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