Many people enjoy spending a day on the water in a motorboat or sailboat. While most of these trips end with no problems, some do not. In fact, in 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard reported there were 119 boating accidents in New Jersey, eight of them fatal.
Here’s what you need to know:
In order to be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, you must prove that someone else’s negligence caused them. Without this proof, there is no chance of compensation.
Types of Boating Accidents
Collision with Another Boat
Generally, if two motorboats are involved in a collision, both operators are partially to blame. This means injured passengers on either boat could potentially file a lawsuit against both operators.
Collision with Objects
Even in good weather with clear visibility, boats can still collide with land, rocks, or other objects. When visibility is poor, boats can collide with a jetty or the coastline. It is often difficult to determine if the boat operator was negligent when an object was hit.
Hitting Another Boat’s Wake
Passengers on a boat that hits a wake from another boat can be thrown overboard. It’s hard to determine the operator’s liability for this type of accident. Factors such as visibility, size of wake, boat speed, and boat traffic will be investigated.
Steps to Take After an Accident
You will need to file a report with the New Jersey State Police, Marine Law Enforcement station if any of the following occurs:
- Property damage over $2,000
- An injury that requires more than basic first aid
- A passenger is missing
- A person dies
What’s Our Role as New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers?
- We’ll review the police report
- We’ll take photos of the boat and accident scene or have sketches made
- If needed, we’ll have an expert recreate the accident scene
Please contact us if you were injured in a boating accident. We can help.