Boating enthusiasts enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend and beautiful weather are struggling to put their lives back together after a tragic boating accident resulted in the New Jersey wrongful death of one man and injured four others. Law enforcement officials investigating the accident say that one boat collided with another vessel on the Manasquan River in New Jersey sometime on May 23, 2009. This report filed by United Press International said that a 24 year old man of Mahwah, New Jersey was killed when the boat that he was traveling in collided with a larger vessel between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
Hospital officials say that two other passengers in the smaller boat -a 22 year old and a 19 year old-are being treated in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit with undisclosed injuries. They claim that two other passengers in the smaller vessel were treated for minor injuries and released. Two men, ages and locations unknown, who were on the larger vessel at the time of the accident, did not suffer personal injury in New Jersey during the boating accident according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris McLaughlin.
The investigation into the New Jersey boating accident is still underway but McLaughlin said that early evidence suggests that the incident occurred when the operator of the smaller boat lost control of his vessel. At the time the article was published, authorities did not yet know if the consumption of alcohol or drugs contributed to the deadly accident. The investigation into the fatal accident continues and charges may be filed pending test results.
New Jersey boat accident statistics compiled by the United States Coast Guard indicate that there were 136 boating accidents throughout the state in 2007 which resulted in eight deaths and 52 people suffering injuries. Sadly, many of these accidents are avoidable and involve boat operators who are operating their watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or piloting their vessels in a reckless and negligent manner.
If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in a boating accident in New Jersey, the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at New Jersey personal injury law firm Lependorf & Silverstein may be able to help. Everyone knows how expensive recovering from an accident can be and steep medical bills put victims and their families in very difficult financial positions. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein may be able to help the victims of boating accidents or any other type of accident receive the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact New Jersey personal injury law firm Lependorf & Silverstein today.