When you are involved in a maritime accident, you will need the assistance of a New Jersey boating accident lawyer. Claiming compensation against a boating accident can be difficult, especially if it occurred on a personal watercraft. Difficult, however, does not mean impossible.
If you have had your life interrupted by an injury sustained on any type of watercraft, you are encouraged to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Our attorneys can provide you with the information you need to file for compensation.
Boating accidents are exceptionally dangerous because of their location in water. The water acts as a secondary hazard to the accident, and many people injured may be injured further from being in the water. Our law firm takes these accidents very seriously, and we are HERE TO HELP.
Vessels That Qualify Under A Boating Accident
Boating accidents are not just limited to personal watercraft. Under New Jersey law, a person can suffer a maritime injury when they are in any type of state-owned waters (inland waterways and lakes and up to 13.8 miles from the shore in the ocean) and a passenger on any type of the following vehicles:
• Personal watercraft with or without a motor and including sailboats
• Water taxis
• Commercial Fishing Boats
• Rental Fishing Boats or Party Boats
• Tugboats, Barges and Cargo Ships
• Cruise Liner of any Size
• Offshore Oil Rig
It is very important to remember that if you have been injured in any type of craft that is on the water, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Speak with a New Jersey boat accident attorney about your rights to receive compensation for your losses.
Common Types of Boating Accidents
Summertime in New Jersey can only be described as fabulous. The warm weather is perfect for enjoying water activities. A day of fun in the sun and water can quickly become a disaster when a boating accident happens.
Some of the more common boating accident types include:
• Collision between two watercraft due to drunk boating or distracted boating
• Engine fires and explosions
• Waterskiing and parasailing accidents
• Airboat accidents
• Grounding the boat
• Falling overboard
• Propeller Accidents
• Slip and Fall accident on or near Boat
These are the most common injuries associated with watercraft and sports. However, these are not the only injuries. If you have been harmed in any way while you are out on a watercraft, you should protect your interests and speak with a personal injury attorney about your case.
What To Do If You Are Involved In A Boating Accident
If you are involved in any type of boating or water-related accident, there are several steps that you must take to protect yourself and your right to seek compensation. Any situation that involves serious injuries to anyone on board or has caused the watercraft to become unsafe be reported to the right authorities.
For incidences that happen in coastal waters, you must notify the United States Coast Guard of the situation. This is especially true if the boat has been severely damaged and may place everyone onboard at risk.
For accidents that occur in inland waters, you will need to notify New Jersey State Police Marine Law Enforcement. You can reach this department through their direct line or by using 9-1-1. A police report or report from the Coast Guard is necessary for you to make a claim.
The Coast Guards Boating Safety Division requires that a boating accident is required to be reported if it meets any of the following criteria:
• A person goes overboard and cannot be found
• A person is injured in a manner that requires more than basic first aid to treat
• A person receives an injury that led to their death
• A boat or similar watercraft has sustained over $2,000 worth of physical damage
• A boat or similar watercraft has suffered so much damage it is unsafe, has capsized or has the potential to sink
For boating accidents that occur inland, the State Police Boating Safety Manual states that you must file a report within ten days of the accident occurring if immediate rescue is not needed.
It is very important that you comply with these regulations. If you are unsure if the accident you were involved in qualifies for filing, file a report anyway. It is much better to err on the side of caution than to find yourself in legal trouble at a later point.
Common Injuries Associated With Boating Accidents
Boating accidents, just like any other personal injury, are unique to the accident itself. Every accident will happen differently and have a different outcome. Personal injuries are always as unique as the individual. You cannot set a specific type of injury or severity to any type of accident because they will all be different.
However, there are some injuries that are more common with boating accidents. Depending on the accident itself, a person may suffer from one or more of the following injuries:
Boating accident injuries are not limited to this list and can include many different injuries at one time.
Work Related Boating Accidents
Employees who are working on different vessels, including oil rigs that are injured on the job, will qualify under workers compensation. If the watercraft were located within the coastal waters, your employer would be responsible for covering your injury under their worker’s comp policy.
If your injury took place on a watercraft that has entered into international waters, your injury is covered under a different set of laws. Federal Maritime Laws will apply to your case. In most instances, these injuries are still covered under workers compensation. However, las are different in international waters. Anyone who has been injured outside of coastal waters should contact a New Jersey boat accident
to find out how to claim compensation for their losses.
If you have been injured on the job, it is important that you report the incident right away and seek immediate medical care. Workers compensation requires that any accident is documented by the employer and that the employee seek a medical evaluation. Protect your rights as an injury victim and make sure that your accident has been reported.
Contact A New Jersey Boating Accident Lawyer Today
Boat accident cases are often very complex. Establishing fault and determining the extent of the injuries are just a part of the issue. Boating injuries are covered under specialized insurance policies, and that is where things can get tricky.
WE DEAL WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY DIRECTLY, so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. Our knowledge with boating accidents allows us to present a case to the insurance company that they cannot easily deny. We are familiar with these specialized policies, and we know how to make them pay.