Your Experienced Legal Advocates After A Boating Accident

Recreational boating is one of New Jersey's favorite pastimes. Indeed, with New Jersey's coastline, rivers and lakes, the state has built up a lively industry of recreational boating. With all of this fun, though, comes the high risk of accident and personal injury. Boating accidents account for the second highest rate of transportation-related injuries and death in the U.S. behind motor vehicle accidents.

Luckily, Smith & Gaynor, LLC, has extensive experience defending the rights of injured victims across the state. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way.

The Leading Causes Of Boating Accidents In The U.S.

In 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that there had been over 4,000 recreational boating accidents in the U.S. in the previous year. Strikingly, 13% of those accidents resulted in death, with a total of 610 deaths in all. The report found numerous causes for the accidents, including:

  • Operator inattention (563 accidents / 38 deaths)
  • Improper lookout (431 accidents / 26 deaths)
  • Operator inexperience (391 accidents / 44 deaths)
  • Excessive speed (282 accidents / 23 deaths)
  • Alcohol use (277 accidents / 108 deaths)
  • Machinery failure (255 accidents / 14 deaths)
  • Hazardous waters (185 accidents / 55 deaths)
  • Weather (174 accidents / 45 deaths)
  • Overloading of passengers or gear (51 accidents / 25 deaths)
  • Improper loading of passengers or gear (50 accidents / 27 deaths)

As you can see from the above, many accidents and wrongful deaths could have been avoided if the operators of the boats had taken due care in operating and maintaining the boat. As an operator or passenger on a boat or jet ski, make sure to avoid riding with any pilot who is intoxicated and always follow the safety protocols provided by a seller or rental company.

Who May Be Liable For Recreational Boating Accidents?

When a person is injured or killed in a boating accident, one or more parties may be liable for the injuries. If, for example, a boat owner operated his boat while intoxicated and this resulted in a passenger falling overboard or a collision with a second boat, then the injured parties could have an action in negligence against the intoxicated boat operator.

Likewise, a company that operates boating tours may be liable. Negligence may result in machinery failure or hiring a boat pilot who lacks training. Some companies may even fail to properly assess the weather or water conditions that day.

A rental company that rents out boats and jet skis can also be liable to an injured party for their negligence. These accidents may be the result of failure to take precautions such as ensuring watercraft operators are knowledgeable in safely operating a boat or jet ski.

Finally, the manufacturer or seller of a recreational boat can be liable to any party injured by the boat if the boat was defective at the time it was sold.

Contact Us Now For A Free Consultation

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Gaynor, LLC, is a certified civil trial attorney. This means he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state.

Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a New Jersey recreational boating accident, Smith & Gaynor, LLC, is ready to protect your rights today. Contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-532-2661 to schedule a cost-free consultation.