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Boating Accidents

Boating Accident Lawyers in Rochester, NY

We are fortunate in Western New York to have vast boating opportunities from Lake Ontario, through the Finger Lakes and the Erie Canal. Each summer thousands of boaters take to our waterway on a wide range of boats and personal water crafts (i.e., jet skis). Operation of these vessels takes special skill, training, experience, and in some cases, certification. Unfortunately, all too often the operators of these vessels fail to follow the rules of the road, do not heed weather advisories, or simply fail to appreciate their surroundings which leads to horrific collisions with other boats, a fixed obstacle, or swimmers in the water. 

The most common causes for boating accidents are:

  • Alcohol
  • Hazardous Water Conditions
  • Operator Inexperience
  • Operator Inattention
  • Excessive Speed

Although you can practice every bit of precaution you cannot predict the behavior of others on the water. After an accident be sure to report the accident to the United States Coast Guard, document all evidence with photographs and seek medical attention after an injury.

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