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New York Boating Accidents

New York is a boater's paradise, with thousands of lakes and miles of rivers. But the state's often-crowded waterways can quickly turn dangerous. The state had the fifth-highest number of boat accidents in 2011, based on U.S. Coast Guard data. New York boaters need to understand how accidents happen and what to do after one occurs.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

The top primary contributors to boat accidents in the United States involve human error, such as:

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed

Learning and following safe boating practices can help prevent many of these accidents. If you do cause an accident, you could face lawsuits and even criminal charges. If someone else in your boat causes an accident, you could both be liable.

Reporting New York Boat Accidents

If you do have an accident in New York, you must follow certain rules. Your first responsibility is to stop and:

  • Help anyone who is injured
  • Provide everyone involved with your name, address and boat information
  • Get the same information from other operators involved

If you can't provide this information to everyone at the scene, report the incident to local authorities as soon as you can. You'll also need to file a written report within five days if the accident caused:

  • Death or disappearance
  • Injuries that need medical treatment
  • More than $1,000 in property damage

Send the report to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

If you don't stop after an accident, you could face criminal charges and fines. This could include a felony charge if there were serious injuries or someone died. The state charges fines for not filing a written report when required.

Locate a Local New York Boat Accident Lawyer Today

If you've been in an accident, you probably have questions. A skilled attorney can help you find answers. Call now to speak with a boating accident attorney in New York at 877-913-7222.