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Long Island municipality faces another lawsuit after boat crash

Although no one expects a car accident, most drivers know how to handle one. They may take photographs of the scene for insurance purposes or call the police to report a serious incident. But the process can be unclear in the case of a boating accident, when effects or liability may not be as obvious to victims and their families.

First lawsuits against cruise ships for viral outbreak emerge

Cruise ships have a certain reputation for being less-than hygenic at the best of times. Some people have even referred to them as "floating Petri dishes" because they essentially put a lot of people together into small spaces and keep them there for a few weeks. That makes it easy for disease like COVID-19 to thrive and spread.

Night boating safety tips

While recreational boaters can often just head to shore when the sun falls, if they're not comfortable driving at night, the same is not always true for those running commercial vessels. Schedules and jobs may require them to continue boating after dark.

New state law requires increased boater training

One of the biggest dangers to recreational boaters is boat operators who don't have the proper training. A state law that took effect on Jan. 1 is designed to improve that training. Known as "Brianna's Law," it requires people to pass a safety course before they can operates a motorized boat or other watercraft in the state.

How can New York boaters avoid getting hurt on the open seas?

When you hear about a boating accident on the news, it often involves a large cruise ship that came under distress due to hazardous conditions such as poor weather. Large ships sailing out in the middle of the ocean aren't the type of water vessel that's most vulnerable to having an accident though. Small, open boats that congregate in inland waters are at the highest risk for becoming involved in catastrophic incidents instead.

Man dies after boat capsizes

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. 

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. 

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