Many boat owners and operators fail to fully consider the ways in which someone can be hurt while boating. Surprisingly, it can happen quite often, particularly when operators consume alcohol or other substances which interfere with their reaction time and judgment. Here in the Hudson Valley we have the great resources of the Hudson River and many lakes and waterways. Boating safety and operation have been the concerns of many boating organizations and in particular, the US Coast Guard.
Boating accidents can result in fatalities. It appears that the major cause of death from boating accidents is alcohol use. Other factors involved in boating crashes are operator inattention, inexperience, speed and failure to keep a proper lookout. Also, many operators do not fully understand the rules pertaining to operational rights of way, particularly with the operation of sailboats and motorboats.
Safety courses are always a great idea when considering boating and your knowledge may just save your life. You can consider a boating safety course from many sources including the US Power Squadron or the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
As with all accidents, prompt investigation and follow up are important factors on the successful outcome of your claim. Early contact with your attorney will help your success.