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.
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.
In the past two years, two participants in the Clipper Round the World yacht race have died in maritime accidents. Now, Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch is recommending that the race's organizers review and, if necessary, revise both its shore-based management procedures and its yacht-manning policies. Furthermore, the agency urges Clipper Ventures Plc to challenge all participating skippers to make certain safe work practices are adhered to during the race.
Whether you commute by subway or ferry, it's easy to stumble while rushing through crowds to catch your ride. But ferry commuters may face a few additional hazards once they're on board.
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.
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.
New Yorkers and others who work on cruise ships are subject to dangers that employees on land do not face. This is one primary reason that United States laws protecting these workers have been tailored to meet the specific needs of those who have been injured while working on a vessel, whether at sea, at anchor or in port.