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Cause of fatal boat accident unknown

The potential for a boat malfunction on the open water may be similar to the chances that a New Yorker will end up stranded on the side of the road with a vehicle out of commission. However, the consequences of a simple mechanical failure or design flaw are often much more serious for boaters. 

Sailing lesson turns deadly for boy in Long Island

New York City and many of its suburbs are surrounded by water and therefore, boating is a popular recreational activity. However, activities involving boats can also be dangerous and a day of fun and sun can quickly take a dangerous turn, especially for those who are inexperienced. Suffering an injury on the water can be extremely serious for victims and their families.

Boating and alcohol: a bad combination

Because boating is typically seen as a recreational activity, New Yorkers may assume that the laws concerning alcohol behind the wheel of a boat are not as stringent as those restricting car drivers. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, though, boating under the influence can be just as deadly as driving while impaired. About 16 percent of all boating deaths are alcohol-related.

Recovering from a boating accident

When it comes to boating accidents, there are a myriad of ways that things can go wrong. For example, you may be hurt while working on a fishing boat, or you could sustain an injury or lose a loved one in an incident that occurs on a cruise ship. At Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, we believe that victims of these accidents deserve justice. Sadly, far too many peoples' lives have been upended in Manhattan and all across the state of New York due to these accidents.

New York laws for boat operators

It may seem as if the wide-open spaces of New York waterways would lessen the risk of a collision or other accident. The vulnerability of boating passengers out on the water can turn even a small incident into a major catastrophe, though. New York has instated laws that should guide the actions of any boat operator.

Investigations of boating accidents

As a passenger or employee on a ship, yacht, boat or ferry, any accident that affects your health or well-being should be investigated as thoroughly as a motor vehicle crash, on-the-job injury or premises liability incident in New York. There is a statute of limitations that will prevent you from filing a claim if you delay too long, and having evidence of the details is essential to this process. Our team at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha understand how the system works, and who should be responsible for gathering all information relevant to the accident so the right parties can be held accountable.

Why OSHA is worried about chromium exposure on ships

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates workplace safety for New York seamen in the maritime industry, as well as employees who work on land. Not only does this include preventing injuries, OSHA also has hazard communication rules that require employers to protect workers from chemical exposure. One of these that is mentioned specifically in relation to the maritime industry is chromium.

After Hudson River collision, new safety recs for shared waterways

Last year's collision between a ferry and kayakers on the Hudson River could lead to stronger safety requirements for recreational boaters. At least, that's the hope of the National Transportation Safety Board, which has issued some new recommendations aimed at making shared waterways safer.

What are your responsibilities in a New York boating accident?

Boating can be a great recreational activity, or you may use your vessel in the course of your daily business. Regardless of the use, size and features of your boat, the state of New York has boating laws in place to make sure you and others are safe on the water. Although there are many regulations that you must follow to prevent an accident, once you are involved in one, you must follow specific protocol.

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