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New York's boating license requirements

Like many in Manhattan, you may not equate recreational boating to driving. Certain aspects of this activity may even seem to support your assumption. After all, there are typically not nearly as many boats on New York's lakes and rivers as there are on its roads, and it is not uncommon to bo out on the water and see a teen or even a child driving a boat. It is for these very reasons why so many of those that come to see us here at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha LLP are so surprised to learn that people do indeed need to be licensed before they operate a boat. 

Identifying common maritime injuries

A career in the maritime industry (whether that be working at sea or in a seaport), brings with it the opportunity for many unique challenges (which is why so many in New York City are likely drawn to it). Yet with the uniqueness of this particular career path also comes certain rules and regulations that are exclusive to the industry. Among these are the guidelines governing compensation for work-related injuries. Rather than being covered by traditional workers’ compensation benefits, maritime workers who have been injured on the job are entitled to maintenance (which helps cover everyday expenses) and cure (which offers compensation for medical bills). 

Boat collision leaves several injured, one dead

Boating is likely considered to be a recreational activity by most in Manhattan. Because of this, few may view it as being potentially dangerous. Yet even boats and small watercraft are indeed high-powered motorized vehicles (in the same manner in which cars, trucks, and SUVs are). Thus, they are capable of causing devastation on the same scale as that seen in a car accident. Unfortunately, because boating is so often on a recreational basis, it often is accompanied by drinking. People who might never let the idea of driving their cars after drinking may not comprehend the dangers that may come with operating their boats while under the influence. 

Who is liable for ferry accidents?

Maritime law may seem like such an irrelevant topic to you if you do not work on a vessel and spend little time boating or traveling by cruise ship. Yet as a resident of Manhattan, you may very well encounter situations where maritime law comes into play without you even knowing it. There is a good chance that you have taken a ferry ride out of one of the city’s many ports (indeed, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, roughly 70 million people travelled by ferry in 2015 in just the states of New York and Washington combined). Who is liable, then, if you are injured on a ferry? 

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