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Boating Accidents

New York, New Jersey and Nationwide

The East Coast has some of the most popular boating areas in the country, but overcrowded or reckless boating can result in tragedy. Serious personal injuries onboard a boat and wrongful death can occur when those responsible for operating a water craft act negligently or irresponsibly. Even the failure to provide proper protective equipment like life jackets can create tragedy in the event of a boating accident.

Types of Boating Accidents

Any type of boat may experience difficulty and put the passengers involved in danger. Boating accidents may occur on:

  • Cruise ships
  • Private boats
  • Wave runners and jet skis
  • Ferries
  • Public boats

Small boats may be involved in collisions and become overturned, putting weak swimmers at risk and endangering anyone onboard who is without a life jacket. Even large ships may be the site of injuries when accidents occur, and a larger vessel does not preclude the possibility of accidents.

Boating accidents may also include the injury or death of a person onboard even if the boat has not sustained any damage. A passenger may be injured by slipping on the deck and sustaining an injury or by falling overboard and drowning. The operator of a vessel is often responsible for the safety of those onboard, but other entities may be held liable if the craft is in poor condition or if dangerous circumstances have been allowed to develop.

Also common are boating accidents which happen when the boat’s operator has taken the boat out in inclement weather or in unfamiliar water. Inexperienced boaters can become injured and their lives put at risk by being capsized in rough water or by striking submerged objects.

Boat Accident Litigation

At Morelli Ratner PC our experienced personal injury lawyers represent individuals who have suffered serious personal injury or the loss of a loved one caused by a boating accident. Whether those at fault were individuals or a corporation which failed to protect its clients, we are prepared to seek justice and compensation in court, rather than settling for less than you deserve outside the courtroom.

We have been involved in litigation against some of the largest organizations in the New York area, and are not afraid to pursue justice against anyone or any group, while offering you the personalized attention that you deserve from your law firm.

If you have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one in a boat accident, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today, serving clients throughout New Jersey and the state of New York, including New York City, Long Island, and Staten Island.


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