Causes of Common New Jersey Boating Accidents and Injuries

Experienced Atlantic City Boat Accident Attorney Explains

Cape May boat accident attorney serving Atlantic City NJ and surrounding Middle Township and Lower Township residents in boating injury casesNothing is more fun than going with your family and friends for a day on the bay, lake or river. Sadly, not everyone boating nearby may take proper precautions or comply with New Jersey boating and maritime laws to prevent serious boat accidents. A nice day on the water can quickly become a disaster when a boating accident occurs. Sometimes, these accidents on the water can even cause severe boating injuries and injuries that may be fatal.

Boat accident attorneys Donald G. Targan and Michael J. Pender know how difficult it can be to recovery physically, emotionally and financially after a New Jersey boating accident. Nationally recognized for their legal abilities and ethical standards, our boat accident lawyers have provided more than 40 years of personalized legal representation to Atlantic City accident victims and their families.

Whether you were water skiing in Lakes Bay or sailing near the Atlantic shore, speak with a boat accident attorney at our New Jersey law firm. We can then help you take the steps needed to obtain the maximum financial damages available after a negligent boater causes an injury.

Are Most New Jersey Boating Accidents Preventable?

Many New Jersey boat accidents happen due to preventable negligence on the part of a boat operator, owner or manufacturer of a boat and defective boating components. Some of the most commonly violated requirements of safe boating in New Jersey are:

  • New Jersey law requires boat owners to have boat safety training and certificates. (Page 2)
  • Those under the age of 16 cannot operate personal watercraft (popular models include Jet Ski, WaveRunner or Sea-Doo). (Page 2)
  • Children under the age of 13 cannot operate any motorized vessel. (Page 3)
  • Boats must receive regular inspection to meet safety regulations.
  • Boat operators must not be intoxicated while boating. (Page 32)
  • All vessels must have life jackets on board that are readily accessible to passengers. (Page 13)

If all boaters took precautions like those listed above, it would help to prevent many New Jersey boating accidents. However, negligent parties sharing the water can still cause your involvement in or injuries to your child in a boating accident. If that is the case, an Atlantic City boat accident attorney at our law firm wants to work on behalf of your family to gain the financial compensation that can help you and your loved ones begin to recover.

What are the Most Common Causes of Boat Accidents?

According to the United States Coast Guard, thousands of boating accidents occur annually and of these accidents, hundreds of boating injuries result in death. These accidents can happen in a number of scenarios, whether a person is water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, jet skiing or even just swimming near a boat.

The top causes of boating injuries and accidents in 2016 are:

  • Distracted boat operation
  • Inexperience operating a boat
  • Improper lookout for other vessels and swimmers
  • Speeding and reckless boat operation
  • Machinery failure
  • Boating under the influence

These and other factors contribute to most of the New Jersey boating accidents in places like Reeds Bay, Great Bay and Absecon Bay each year.

Do I Need a Boat Accident Attorney?

When negligence is at fault for your boating accident, you have a legal right to seek compensation for medical bills to treat your injuries, to compensate for any income you lost because of missed work and other expenses related to the boating accident. Be cautious if the boater at fault promises to pay your damages out-of-pocket in exchange for not involving the insurance company. This happens all too frequently. It may cause you to lose your ability to gain legal damages because you waited too long to take action against a negligent boater who never compensated you, or did not provide fair compensation, for the true extent your boating injuries.

A boat accident attorney at the Atlantic City personal injury law firm of Targan and Pender, P.C. wants to help you understand your rights after a New Jersey boating accident. We can work to obtain financial compensation for the damage caused by a negligent boater. Get a free attorney consultation today by calling (609) 348-1106. We serve Atlantic City as well as nearby Middle Township and Lower Township residents, from Cape May to Somers Point.