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Many in Manhattan may not understand the enormity of the responsibility they assume when they agree to take passengers out on their boats. The complexity that comes with even recreational boating makes it such that the simple use of a life jacket may not be enough to guarantee passenger safety. Given that most people who travel on a boat likely do not understand this, it is up to those who own and pilot these vessels to ensure that every precaution is taken. When that does not happen, the results can often be disastrous.
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.
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.
Most boating accidents that occur on New York City's waterways are just that: accidents. There rarely may be any degree of intent to harm on the part of the people responsible for such accidents. Yet what is often present is an element of negligence. Boating itself is viewed by many as being a leisure activity, yet what is lost in this perception is the fact that it must be done responsibly. Drinking often accompanies a boating excursion, which places the responsibility on boat owners to avoid doing anything that would compromise their abilities to operate their vessels (such as drink to excess). A failure to meet this responsibility can often produce devastating consequences.
Even seasoned boaters are encouraged to wear life jackets on the water. Along with ensuring that these life-saving boating accessories are accessible at all times, there are some other important factors you should keep in mind if you want you and your passengers to remain safe. In this case, the U.S. Coast Guard offers the following advice.
Most people consider boating a fun and relaxing endeavor, which means alcohol often finds its way aboard sea-faring vessels. The truth is, drinking and boating are extremely dangerous, as they can cause serious injuries or even legal problems. MADD debunks some of the myths surrounding boating and drinking.
It is easy for Manhattan residents to draw the distinction between travelling by boat as opposed to a car. A much greater sense of security may be felt in a boat given that so many people drive cars (thus increasing the chances of being involved in an accident). Yet it is that relative sense of isolation that can make boating so dangerous. Often, the boar operators (especially those operating small boats and pleasure craft) can forget that there are craft out on the water, and that the potential hazards that other boats pose can be dangerous.
Buying a boat can bring with it years of fun experiences on New York's many waterways. It also brings an inherent responsibility to ensure that anyone riding on it or participating in water sports around it knows proper safety procedures. The unique complexities of boating accidents often make them particularly dangerous compared to incidents that occur on dry land. Difficulty in getting a boating accident victim immediate treatment is the chief among these. The different types of accidents that can occur on the water also can contribute to more severe outcomes.
Boating accidents occur for a myriad of reasons, from inexperience to intoxication and inclement weather. Regardless of why an accident takes place, the consequences can be devastating. Sometimes, those involved in an accident sustain serious injuries which can disrupt their lives in countless ways. In other instances, someone may even pass away in a boat accident. If your loved one recently lost their life in a boating accident, you may be going through an array of hardships, from emotional pain that you will never move forward from to to financial difficulties such as funeral costs and adjusting to life without your loved one's income.