New York City Boating Accident Attorneys
Tour boat and cruise ship lines have a responsibility to make sure there are no dangerous conditions on board that can cause serious injury to passengers. When cruise ship accidents occur because of poor maintenance, incompetent staff members, or improperly trained employees, the tour and ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence. Owners can also be held liable for cruise ship accidents that are caused by inadequate safety equipment or emergency precautions. Victims of tour boat and cruise ship accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were over 4,000 reported recreational boating accidents in 2014, resulting in 2,678 injuries and 610 deaths. The number one type of boating accident was a collision with another vessel, resulting in 652 injuries; however, fatalities occurred mostly due to flooding/swamping and collisions with fixed objects. In addition, 78 percent of the boating accident fatalities were a result of drowning.
Have you been injured in a boat accident? If so, you may be able to recover a significant monetary reward. Please review the following, as there are a number of different vessels that can be considered a “boat”:
- Open Motorboat
- Cabin Motorboat
- Personal Watercraft (jetski)
The tour boat and cruise ship industries have placed limits on when and where you can place a claim. Those restrictions appear in the fine print of the ticket. For example, many tickets state that you must notify the cruise line or tour operator within a specific time from when cruise ship accidents occurred. The ticket may also have a provision that requires you to file your claim within one year of the time accidents occurred, and they also require that claims be made in a certain state, usually in the state where the ship operator has its main office, and often not in the state where you live.
This type of “small print” tactic can result in you being forced to bring your lawsuit far from where you live. Due to these limitations, it is important to have representation from an experienced attorney who can ensure that you take the right steps towards a resolution to your claim.