The U.S. Coast Guard reports that while boating deaths decreased nationwide last year, New Jersey actually saw an increase in the number of fatalities relating to boating accidents. According to NJ.com, in 2010, eight people were killed in New Jersey boating accidents. That is an increase from the six boat accident fatalities reported in 2009. Nationally, boating deaths decreased to a record low of 672. It is not clear if the decrease in fatalities nationally is related to an increased awareness of boating safety or a decrease in boating activity in general.
Anytime someone is injured or killed in a boating accident in New Jersey, it must be determined what caused the accident. As with any injury accident, determining fault and liability is important. One common cause of New Jersey boat accidents is operating a vessel or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Boating under the influence as serious as driving a vehicle on a roadway while under the influence. Reckless operation and failure to wear safety gear such as life jackets can also result in boating accident injuries and fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, it may be in your best interest to seek legal guidance from a skilled personal injury attorney in New Jersey. Injured victims of negligent boat operators may pursue financial compensation for losses including medical bills, loss of wages, and more.
The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to get injured victims the compensation they need and deserve. We offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations at 609-240-0040 to injured New Jersey residents and their families. Call us to find out how we can help.