If you’re like many other New Jersey residents, you probably look forward to the temperatures warming up on the East Coast so you can take advantage of partaking in various activities on and around nearby bodies of water. New Jersey is renowned for its coastal and inland waterways. Boating and the use of other watercraft is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Unfortunately, careless and negligent acts and/or omissions can often lead to New Jersey boating accidents. Boating and other watercraft accidents can result in significant injuries, or even death.
If you are injured in a boating or watercraft accident, it’s important to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to recover damages for injuries and other losses related to the incident.
Common Reasons Boating Accidents Occur
Some of the more common reasons a boating accident or collision might occur include:
• Inexperience and lack of training in boat operations
• Distracted “driving” and/or errors in navigation
• Operating the craft at excessive speeds or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Neglecting to follow boat safety regulations
• Not being aware of or failing to follow boating/maritime laws
• Passengers falling overboard
• Equipment failure
• Failing to recognize the significance of weather and dangerous water conditions
Operating a watercraft requires as much attention and cautiousness as driving a motor vehicle on land. A failure to do so may result in watercraft accidents which can cause serious injuries.
Why You Need an Experienced Boat Accident Attorney
When boating accidents lead to serious injuries, it’s important to secure legal representation by attorneys who specialize in these types of cases. Issues regarding evidence and the potential for it to be compromised due to water exposure can affect the ability to pursue claims of this nature. Attorneys with boating accident experience are familiar with and sensitive to those evidentiary issues, and can proceed accordingly to help protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey boating accident, please call the personal injury attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. This firm has handled numerous boating related claims. Contact us at (973)635-5400.