Can I Pursue Legal Action After a Boating Accident in New Jersey?

As summer weather begins to creep up, people in the state of New Jersey become more and more eager to get outside. An activity that many people like to take part in is taking out a boat on the water. While this can be a fun activity, it is important to remember that it can also be dangerous. Boats, regardless of the size, are heavy pieces of machinery that can be hazardous if they are not cared for and operated properly. As a result, they can cause accidents that have the potential to be life-changing to those involved. 

To ensure that a boat is safe, boat owners are responsible for keeping them in good condition before they reach the water. If they fail to do so and a person becomes injured as a result, the injured party can pursue legal action for negligence. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance. 

What is Boating Negligence?

When a person owns a boat, they are required to make sure the right safety precautions are being implemented at all times. This is before and during the boat’s operation on the water. A boat owner may be negligent for the following:

  • If he or she is not an experienced boater
  • If he or she collides with another object because of inattentiveness, drowsiness, etc.
  • If he or she does not provide proper safety equipment on board and someone becomes injured as a result
  • If he or she operates the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If he or she causes an injury due to speeding 

How Can I Recover Compensation?

Individuals who sustain injuries in a boating accident due to the negligence of the owner may wish to hold them legally responsible for what happened. This can be made possible through a personal injury lawsuit. During this time, the injured party is required to prove negligence by satisfying what is known as the burden of proof. This involves showing that the boat owner’s behavior directly caused the accident and the injuries they sustained. Evidence that can help the injured party do so can include pictures or videos of the scene, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witnesses. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.