Every year when the summer weather begins to approach, the residents of New Jersey look for different ways to start getting outside once again. For many people, this can include activities such as boating. While this is meant to be a fun activity, it can also be dangerous if boat owners do not do their job of making sure the vehicle is safe. This requires keeping them in good condition before they reach the water and operating them safely once they are in use. This is because failure to do so can result in serious accidents that have the potential to cause life-changing injuries to those involved. When this happens, it is important for injured parties to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
What is Boating Negligence?
Boat owners are obligated to implement the proper safety precautions at all times as well as make sure others are doing so while they are on or near the boat. They can be negligent in the event of the following circumstances:
- 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
When a person is injured due to the negligence of a boat owner, they may wish to pursue legal action to hold them liable for the accident and injuries that were caused. This can be done by filing a personal injury lawsuit. It is important to know that, in doing so, the injured party must prove negligence by satisfying the burden of proof. This requires them to show that the boat owner’s actions directly caused the accident, thus causing the injuries that were sustained. Evidence that can help them do so can include pictures or videos of the scene, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witnesses.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.