NYC Attorneys Aggressively Litigate Boat Accidents
Proven legal team seeks full compensation for injuries and wrongful death
The waterways of metropolitan New York are as essential for commuting and commerce as they are seductive for pleasure. Yet every type of vessel, from the Staten Island Ferry to rented jet skis, carries significant risks when operated carelessly. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boat accident on New York waters, Barasch & McGarry can help. Our legal team has more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and we have recovered more than $1 billion for our injured clients. We provide close, personal counsel and aggressive representation for a variety of boating accidents involving:
- Canoes and kayaks
- Charter and tour boats
- Commercial shipping vessels
- NYC ferries
- Personal watercraft
- Privately owned and operated ferries
- Private sail and speed boats
To be successful in your boat accident case, you need an attorney who knows the law and has the resolve to fight for the best possible outcome.
Common causes of boating accidents in the waterways of New York City
According to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard, the most common vessels to be involved in an accident are open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. The top five causes of boating accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
It is important to realize that there are rules for safe boat operation, the same as there are rules for driving. Unfortunately, many boat operators feel secure breaking rules on open water that they would never violate on the open road. It is no surprise that the Coast Guard points to alcohol consumption as the leading contributing factor in fatal boat accidents.
Skilled investigation of your NYC boating accident
No matter how serious your injuries are, you cannot recover compensation without proving liability. This is often easier said than done. In a car accident, the wreckage strewn along the highway allows forensic experts to reconstruct what happened, corroborating one or the other party’s version of events. Boat accidents don’t leave a lasting imprint, so it’s important to act quickly and retain a legal team that’s up to the task.
Contact a legal team with the resources to fight for you after a boating accident
Barasch & McGarry has the experience and resources to see your case through to a successful conclusion. Contact us online or at 844.302.8312 to schedule a one-on-one, free consultation with a knowledgeable boat accident lawyer.