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Cruise ship injuries due to negligence

Balmy breezes, fruity drinks and all you can eat buffets are what many New York residents think of when they plan their cruise vacation. While most passengers enjoy the trip with nothing more severe than a case of sea sickness, serious incidents can occur with devastating results. At Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, we often represent clients injured while on vacation at sea.

What should beginners know about boating safety?

Summer is right around the corner and many people in New York will be taking to their boats for the first time this year. If you are a first-time boat owner, it’s important you understand the proper safety procedures, both for the protection of your passengers as well as your own safety. DiscoverBoating.com offers the following tips, in this case, so you can rest assured of a fun and relaxing trip for all involved.

Fall from cruise ship balcony kills teen

Whenever accidents involving Manhattan residents occur over which there is a question of liability, culpability often comes down to the matter of who is ultimately at fault. Even in scenarios where complex legal issues such as maritime law are involved, simple questions as to who whether or not negligence or carelessness was at play may ultimately be the factors which determine the outcomes of cases. While ship owners are required to provide safe traveling conditions and accommodations to both passengers and crew, individuals may be responsible for their own reckless actions. 

Muscoot Reservoir capsizing kills two men

The suggestion to go out and enjoy a day of boating is likely rarely made with any sort of ill intent. Rather, when Manhatten residents are involved in boating accidents, it is typically due to some unforeseen circumstance. Yet whether or not one intended for any passengers of their boat to be injured, the owner of a vessel (or the organizer of a boat outing) may assume responsibility for their safety. The seaworthiness of the vessel being used and the potential dangers posed by the conditions at the time of the excursion are all factors one should consider before inviting others to participate in a boating adventure. 

What are some tips for first-time boaters?

Safety must be a crucial concern when boating. This is especially true for first-timers, who will lack the experience to properly deal with unexpected occurrences on the water, some of which may be highly dangerous. In order to prevent accidents from occurring, Crownline offers the following tips.

Alcohol and boating accidents

Boating accidents have many different causes, and we will explore the link between alcohol and boating accidents in this post. Sadly, these accidents sometimes prove fatal and they are also associated with many serious injuries. If you have been involved in a boating accident and were hurt or lost someone you love, it is vital to explore all of your options. You may need to think about pursuing legal action against someone who caused a boating accident. There are many different types of boating accidents and they have many causes, but one factor is seen especially often: alcohol

Century-old law being invoked in case against duck boat captain

While boating in New York's harbors, lakes and rivers may offer people a thrilling adventure, it also comes with certain risks that are not encountered in other scenarios. For this reason, those who engage in this activity (and especially those who offer it as a commercial service) are expected to be skilled in not only operating their crafts but also recognizing and protecting their passengers from dangerous situations. Some might argue that places a higher standard on them, yet given the dangers that the open water can present, such expectations may be warranted. 

Dealing with accidents with rented watercraft

After a long, hard week of work in Manhattan, a weekend boating excursion is often in order. Yet what if you do not own a watercraft? Renting a sailboat, motorboat or Jet Ski is a popular option, yet what if you are involved in an accident when using such equipment? Who is going to help pay for or compensate you for any expenses that arise from such an incident? We here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP have seen enough of such scenarios to know that multiple options may be available to you. 

It is difficult to understand being lost at sea

According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 1,500 people died in a marine accident in 2017. Historically, this is a low number, and for maritime employees, deaths aboard freighters and other ships total less than 100. Instead, most deaths occurred on passenger ships.

Light failure leads to late-night boating accident

A typical recreational boating excursion is usually spent with family and friends. Those who choose to go out on an acquaintance's boat likely do so trusting that the boat owner has ensured that the craft is safe, and that said owner will also do everything necessary to ensure each passengers' safety while out on the water. It is for this reason why Manhattan residents may be reluctant to pursue action in the wake of a boating accident. No one wants to have to try and hold a friend legally accountable for an accident, yet oftentimes the expenses that can arise from it leave them with little choice. 

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