During the months of spring and summer, New Yorkers take to the rivers and shores to enjoy the outdoors. Boating and jet skiing are popular ways to experience nature at its finest, whether for fishing, relaxation, or just fun in the sun. Unfortunately, boating accidents occur with alarming frequency in and around the greater New York City area.
If you have been injured in a jet ski or boat accident, especially if the injury was caused through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The Law Offices of Ronemus & Vilensky, LLP, can help. As the leading PWC, jet ski, and boating accident attorneys in NYC, we have helped hundreds of accident victims preserve their rights and recover compensation.
NYC Watercraft Accidents on the Rise
Every summer brings with it increased activity on the waters off of Long Island, New York, but this summer season is different from years past. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the nation in 2020, NYC residents have taken to the water to beat the heat and to seek breaks from stay-at-home and self-quarantine orders. Personal watercraft enthusiasts and recreational boaters can be found in record numbers in NYC and in waters throughout the United States. As a result, boating-related accidents and injuries are on the rise.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard National Office of Boating Safety, recreational boating accidents, which include accidents involving personal watercraft (PWCs) like jet skis and Skidoos, are higher for the first six months of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019. Nonfatal accidents are up by 19%; in the Northeast, which includes New York and New Jersey, fatal boat crashes have increased by 400% in 2020. This is a reversal of trends in previous years, where boating and watercraft accidents have been decreasing.
Boating Injuries and Deaths: Common Causes
Thousands of people each year are injured as a result of boating and jet ski accidents. While many of these injuries are minor, some have had life-changing consequences. Boating accidents sometimes lead to tragedy; two men in the Bronx were killed in a jet ski accident in July 2020. Ronemus & Vilensky represented Tessa Fleming in 2018 when a horrendous jet-skiing incident caused life-threatening injuries.
The state of New York averages close to 20 deaths due to boating and watercraft accidents each year and many of these tragedies could have been avoided. There are many possible causes of boating accident injuries and wrongful death, including:
- Unsafe water and weather conditions
- Faulty equipment/defective products
- Inadequate safety precautions and safety equipment aboard vessels
- Collisions with other boaters
- Collisions with stationary objects such as docks, buoys, or pilings
- Collisions with underwater hazards
- Slip and fall injuries aboard vessels
- Intoxication of boaters leading to accidents
- Reckless behavior
- Negligence in and neglect of safe boating practices
It is unclear what caused the July fatalities; investigators are still piecing together evidence and eyewitness testimony.
Injured in a Boating Accident? An NYC Accident Attorney Can Help
In the majority of boating and jet ski accidents, injuries and deaths are caused by the actions or inaction of others. Those injured in boating crashes face the expenses associated with emergency medical care, surgery, and rehabilitation. They may be unable to work, and in severe cases, may lose the ability to lead normal lives. In the very worst boating and jet ski accidents, deaths can leave behind family members, causing devastation and lost income.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Ronemus & Vilensky have helped injury victims recover millions of dollars in compensation. Our attorneys have decades of experience in a wide range of injury cases, including injuries and deaths resulting from boating accidents. Our firm is regarded as one of the most successful jet ski accident lawyers in NYC. We have gone up against insurance companies, boat and jet ski manufacturers, and individuals responsible for causing injuries to our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Death expenses
Injury victims have specific legal rights. Our New York, New York personal injury attorneys work hard to protect your rights and to get you the compensation you deserve.