Boating Accidents in Buffalo, NY
What’s important to know about boating accidents? Experienced Buffalo boat accident attorney Richard Nicotra explains the steps to take after being injured on the water. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in Buffalo NY if you were injured.
Especially this time of year, you have to be aware of safety on the water. Sometimes we get calls from clients who are involved in either boating accidents or watercraft accidents. What is important to know is that a lot of the same rules that apply to drivers of automobiles apply to drivers of boats. There is a special license you’re required and classes to take. Depending on the size of the boat, they may be required to have a Skipper license. Either way, the rules regarding alcohol usage and following the safety rules apply to boaters as well as autos.
Depending on how somebody is hurt, how the accident happens – if they crash into a barrier, or bottom out, or hit a watercraft, or one of those little Ski-Doos that are on the water – all of those things come into play because the operator of each of those crafts still has a responsibility to either yield to the other depending on where they’re located in the water. The injuries can actually be much more serious sometimes because there are no seat belts in a boat. You’re sitting in an open bow, traditionally, or just along one of the sides, so when an impact does occur, the occupants tend to fly all over. They can be inured from striking things in the boat, the boat itself. There are a lot of closed head traumas and blunt force traumas that need to be addressed immediately. It’s often hard to get out to that crash site immediately, like if you were in a roadway, so the delay in response of First Responders can also affect the severity of the injuries.
The Personal Injury Lawyers at Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC fight for the rights of persons who are injured or disabled. We approach each case on an individual basis and personally assist each client with their unique needs. We are involved in every step of the legal process, and ensure that each case receives the time and effort necessary for success.