New York state is home to more than 7,500 lakes and more than 50,000 miles of rivers that wind through its considerable territory. Central and Northern New Yorkers, in particular, enjoy boating, fishing, jet skiing, and sailing on the Finger Lakes, the New York Canal System, Lake Ontario, the Hudson River, and the Saint Lawrence River among the area’s many lakes and rivers.
Our waterways are also bustling with commercial vessels of all sizes carrying passengers, ferrying vehicles, and transporting freight. It’s probably no surprise that amidst all this activity, serious and sometimes fatal New York boat accidents occur.
The Syracuse boat accident lawyers at Greene & Reid are experienced in fighting for the rights of accident victims in and out of court, and we will help you when you’ve been injured. Boating accidents can involve a lot of red tape and confusing reports, deadlines, and regulations—calling our boat accident lawyers can help ease your frustration and help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you care about is seriously injured in a New York boat accident, wouldn’t you want to have someone on your side that focuses on these kinds of cases and has handled them for years? Greene & Reid’s personal injury lawyers are highly skilled in handling these types of cases. We may be able to help you get the compensation you need—the compensation you deserve—when you’re injured in a boat accident. We want to help.Questions? Let's talk about your case.
Injured In a Boat Accident? Boat Accident Statistics
Boating accidents are more prevalent than some people think. In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that:
- In 2006, 710 people died in boating accidents
- 3,474 people were injured
- 70 percent of boating fatalities occurred in boats where the operator had not received boating safety instruction
- Two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims involved drowning
- 90 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets
- Boating accidents caused more than $43 million in property damage
New York Boat Accident Causes
Most boat accident injuries are preventable, and as a majority are caused by operator inexperience or inattention. Statistically, 70 percent of all boating fatalities occur on boats where the operator has not completed a boating safety education course. The primary causes of accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Careless/reckless operation
- Operator inexperience
- Operating at an unsafe speed
- No proper lookout
New York Boat Accident Prevention
When operating a recreational vessel, steps can be taken to prevent a boat accident injury or minimize the damage if an accident happens:
- Always wear life jackets and dress for possible immersion.
- Be aware that cold weather is more dangerous than warm weather. There are fewer boaters and patrols to rescue those in distress, and the water is much colder.
- Do not drink alcohol while on the water.
- When in large bodies of water, take advantage of available distress-alerting and position-indicating technologies.