When the weather permits, a favorite pastime for New Yorkers and those visiting the state is recreational boating and other water-related activities. However, as fun as it may be, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) reports that approximately 4,000 boating and water-related activity accidents occur each year, resulting in catastrophic injuries to the victims.
If you were injured in an accident involving a recreational boating activity while visiting New York, you need to take important actions to protect your rights. Just because you are a tourist from another state or even another country, it does not limit your ability to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
According to the USCG, more than 12 million recreational vessels are registered in the United States. Boating is a popular form of recreation for most New Yorkers, especially tourists. However, most people who choose to operate their own motorized water vessel are careless. In fact, carelessness and negligence is one of the leading factors of boating accidents.
Common causes of personal negligence that contribute to recreational boating accidents include:
- Improper driver behavior, including unsafe behavior by skiers
- Careless boating
- Improper passenger behavior, including unsafe behavior by skiers
- Excessive speed
- Use of drugs, alcohol or other controlled substances
Call a Travel Law Firm Today!
If you have been injured in a boating accident while on vacation in New York, you should immediately consult a travel lawyer who specializes in these types of accidents. With the right legal help, you can be confident that you will get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced travel accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.