Boating Accidents

According to an official report by the US Coast Guard, in 2010 there were 4604 accidents that resulted in 672 deaths, 3153 injuries, and approximately $35.5 million dollars in damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents—and those are just the ones that have been documented, there are many more that have gone unreported.

Boating is a fun water activity that is very popular in the summer months when families gather in the New Jersey waterways and along the coastline to enjoy time in the sun and surf. Unfortunately, not everyone who gets behind the wheel of a boat is responsible or skilled enough to handle the craft.

The top 5 reasons behind boating accidents are:

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Excessive speeds
  • Operator inexperience
  • Alcohol

The top 5 boating accident types include:

  • Collisions (other vehicle or a fixed object)
  • Capsizing
  • Hydroplaning and flipping
  • Flooding/swamping
  • Skier mishap

Boating accidents are especially dangerous because most accidents can lead to drowning, even while wearing a life vest.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a boating accident, you need to contact the skilled and experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers through Jersey Personal Injury. A personal injury lawyer is well versed in the laws and restrictions in boating and can provide you with competent and compassionate counsel.

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