Attorneys for Boating Injuries in the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley lakes and rivers provide lots of opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy boating, fishing, waterskiing, and jet-skiing. Unfortunately, however, when people are having fun, they’re often less responsible when it comes to protecting themselves and others from dangerous situations. The attorneys at Basch & Keegan handle accident claims arising from boating injuries in Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, and surrounding counties.
Water Safety Failures Often Lead to Boating Injuries
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, water-related injuries arise from a wide range of circumstances. Boats can capsize, sink, or flood. People can fall overboard. A boat may collide with another vessel or strike a submerged object. There’s even the risk of fire, explosion, carbon monoxide poisoning, and electrocution if a boat isn’t properly maintained. When you think about it – a boat is really no place to be careless.
Upon investigation, however, we often find that the following factors contribute to boating injuries and accidents:
- Operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol (drunk boating)
- Operator inattention or error
- Operator inexperience
- Lack of a proper lookout
- Reckless driving
- Failure to watch out for skiers, tubers, and swimmers
- Having too many people on board
- Failing to carry safety equipment on board
As you can see, many boating injuries are most likely preventable if people act responsibly and use a little common sense. At Basch & Keegan, we work to hold boat operators and passengers responsible for negligent and reckless behavior that causes accidents.
Boating Injuries Are Often Serious – If Not Fatal
Not surprisingly, drowning is the leading cause of death in boating accidents. Other fatal boating injuries include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Common types of non-fatal—but still very serious—injuries can include brain and spinal injuries, fractures, lacerations, bruises, concussions, and more.
The attorneys at Basch & Keegan have extensive experience handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. However, even if your boating injury is less severe, we’ll still take your claim very seriously. As an accident victim, you deserve fair compensation for your damages.
If you or a loved one has sustained a boating injury in Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, or a surrounding county, contact the Kingston personal injury lawyers at Basch & Keegan today for a free initial consultation. We work hard to help accident victims receive fair compensation – putting all of our knowledge and resources behind each and every case we handle. If you’re recovering from an injury, we’ll come to your home or hospital room.