Injured In A Boating Accident?

When fun in the sun on the family boat turns from good to bad because of the carelessness of other New York and New Jersey boaters, you need somewhere to turn to get your questions answered. Fortunately, you can trust the boating accident lawyers of Robert A. Solomon, P.C. With over 30 years of successful personal injury litigation from our Newark, New Jersey, and New York offices, our attorneys know the ins and outs of handling boating accident claims and are dedicated to serving every client with compassion, respect and understanding. Let us help you through this difficult time.

Boat Injury Basics

Whether your boating accident was caused by another boat operator's drunkenness or inexperience, you likely have a valid claim, particularly if the accident resulted in injury to yourself or someone on your watercraft. Among the most common causes of boat accidents in 2008, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, were:

  • careless or reckless operation
  • operator inattention
  • operator inexperience
  • excessive speed
  • hazardous waters
  • alcohol use

Additionally, the three most common types of New York and New Jersey boat accidents are collisions with other vessels, collisions with fixed objects such as a pier, and passengers falling overboard. Other common types of accidents are skier mishaps and capsizing.

Boating Accidents: What You Should Know

  • As with a New York or New Jersey vehicle accident, it's helpful to keep documentation relating to your boating accident in a convenient location. Items that may be helpful to your claim include the boating accident report, receipts from boat repair work and medical care, and photographs of the damage to your boat, the accident scene, and the injuries you and any other passengers sustained.
  • Also, if you haven't already done so, try to get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Contacting these people as your claim develops may be helpful, as witnesses can attest to the carelessness of the other boater.
  • Another note of importance is to be careful of speaking to insurance adjusters. Often an adjuster with the other boater's insurance provider will contact the other party to get a statement or have him or her sign a release.
  • If someone contacts you for something similar, know that you don't have to talk to the adjuster nor do you have to sign a release. In fact, it's best to contact an attorney before doing either to be sure that you don't sign away any rights or hurt your claim.

When looking for a lawyer, look for someone who is experienced in handling boat accident claims and who works on a contingency basis (which means he or she gets paid only after getting you compensation for your damage and injuries).

Robert A. Solomon, P.C., know the laws that relate to your New York or New Jersey boat accident and understand you're likely facing many challenges as a result of your accident. That's why we take every step necessary to make your relationship with us convenient and reassuring. Call us at 800-469-6476 or contact us online.