There were 4,588 boating accidents that ended with 758 deaths in the United States in 2011, according to the latest statistics published by the U.S. Coast Guard. This was a nearly 15 percent increase in the fatality rate from the previous year. Of those accidents, 173 occurred in New York, resulting in 25 deaths.
According to the Coast Guard, the main causes of fatal boating accidents are people not paying attention, operator inexperience and excessive speed. These factors can lead to capsizing and drowning.
To prevent these accidents, New York requires the operator of a watercraft be properly licensed or to meet the necessary prerequisites to operate a specific craft. Boaters between 10 and 18 years old who operate a motorboat and those 14 and older who operate a personal watercraft must have a New York boating safety certificate on board when the vessel is underway. The certificate indicates a boater has completed the boating education course.
The state also requires that watercraft be properly registered and meet the state requirements for boating safety.
New Yorkers are fortunate to have more than 7,500 lakes, ponds and reservoirs and more than 50,000 miles of rivers and streams in the state, plus a coastline.
If you or a loved one is injured on the waterways due to someone else’s negligence, please contact the New York City personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to discuss possible compensation for your losses. Call 212-279-2000 or send a quick message today.
Source: New York Boating Regulations