Now that summer is here, more people will be going out into the water, which will increase the likelihood of both Massachusetts boating accidents and drowning deaths happening. Throughout the state, our Boston injury lawyers at Altman & Altman LLP represent victims who have been injured or families that have lost loved ones in both types of incidents. Your initial case evaluation with us is free.
Boating accidents can occur for many reasons, although the most common kinds of Massachusetts boating accidents involve boats colliding with other vessels or a fixed object, falls overboard, flooding, and water skiing accidents. Common causes include operator inattention, reckless/careless operation, operator inexperience, speeding, alcohol, and passenger/water skier misbehavior. Boating accidents may involve recreational boats, cruise ships, and US navy vessels. Civilians or maritime workers may be involved.
One recent tragic boating accident that made national headlines this week involved a yacht in Long Beach, New York on July 4. The 34-foot 1984 Silverton vessel, which was carrying over two dozen passengers, capsized on its way back to shore on Wednesday night. Many of the passengers ended up in the 21-feet deep waters, but Victoria Gaines, 8, Harlie Treanor, 11, and David Aureliano, 12, drowned because they were trapped in the cabin.
Officials are trying to determine what caused the boating accident. Some of the possibilities they are considering: the yacht was overcrowded, suffered a mechanical failure, or was hit by a powerful wake from the other boats.
3 Children Die After Yacht Capsizes, The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2012
Boating Safety Resource Center, US Coast Guard
More Blog Posts:
Middleborough, MA Woman Dies on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, January 30, 2012
Alcohol Allegedly a Factor In Hull, Massachusetts Boating Accident that Caused Winthrop Woman to Sustain Fatal Head Injury, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 15, 2011
US Coast Guard Reports 9 Massachusetts Recreational Boating Accidents in 2007,
Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 4, 2008
In Massachusetts, you want to work with an experienced Boston boating accident law firm that understands not just Massachusetts negligence law, but also federal maritime law and federal admiralty jurisdiction. Altman & Altman LLP skillfully handles cases involving boating passengers, commuters, deckhands, sailors, and maritime workers.