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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. 

What can I do if my boat is taking on water?

Even the most responsible and knowledgeable boaters may run into trouble from time to time. One serious occurrence involves your vessel taking on water, which can lead to significant injury or even loss of life if you’re not fully prepared. In this case, Boating recommends the following advice to boaters in danger of sinking.  

Buzzed boater charged in death of fiancee and daughter

The relative increase in space that boaters in Manhattan have on the water as opposed to what they find on the road when driving may contribute to a false sense of security. Not having to worry about avoiding other vehicles may prompt some to engage in reckless behavior that they otherwise would not. Excessive drinking or using controlled substances immediately before or while boating are two such examples. While many may not realize it, boating while impaired or under the influence can be just as dangerous as being in the same state while driving, and may easily produce devastating consequences

Proving a privity or knowledge

The recent sinking of a duck boat on a popular Missouri lake and the tragic loss of its passengers has brought heightened awareness to the issue of boating safety. When clients come to see us here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP following boating accidents, most claim to have assumed that the responsibility of ensuring boat passenger safety was that of a vessel's captain. It typically is, yet as was detailed in a previous blog post, the Limitation of Liability Act limits the amount of liability that can be assigned to vessel owners in such accidents. Yet what happens if negligence is proven on the part of a boat owner in an accident you were involved. 

Tips on Preventing Boating Accidents From Occurring

Safety is a key concern for all New York boaters. Failure to follow the rules may easily lead to a serious boating accident, which can sometimes have devastating consequences. While you can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to lessens to chance of significant injury or property damage. BoatingMag.com offers the following advice to ensure safe time is had by all on the water.

How does the maritime industry protect its workers?

For New York employees who clock into work while on the water, uncertainty is simply part of the job. Because the maritime industry inevitably deals with some of the earth's most powerful elements, workers must go through special training before starting positions. This training can be very rigorous and time-consuming, and while some might believe these measures are unnecessary, they play a vital role in keeping employees safe.

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