Boating Accidents

Boater Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Reckless Endangerment Will Not Serve Jail Time; Victim’s Families May Need The Help Of Boating Accident Lawyers


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More often than not, boating accidents will take place and those responsible for the incident walk away without suffering any serious legal repercussions. Although the vast majority of accidents involving pleasure crafts, such as motor boats, sail boats or jet skis, are the direct result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, victims don’t always obtain the justice they deserve for their pain and suffering.

Boating accidents can be caused by several factors, including unfavorable weather conditions, mechanical failure, boater inexperience, or even boating under the influence (BUI). Speeding and an overall failure to pay attention to maritime signals and signs are also common reasons for accidents involving pleasure crafts. However, regardless of the reason, if there was negligence or wrongdoing involved, victims and their loved ones can seek the help of boating accident lawyers in order to protect their rights and fight for the compensation they deserve for their injuries or losses.

The attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have represented several different types of accidents involving boats, and while some victims do obtain justice, others, sadly, do not. Obtaining the help of an experienced boating accident lawyer, such as the attorneys at our firm, can make a huge difference in the outcome of a case. Attorneys who focus on maritime and admiralty law are fully aware of the many different regulations involved in boating accidents and can successfully defend a victim or their loved ones when they have been wronged.

Two injured canoeists may soon be soliciting legal help of their own after a Hebron man, who was found guilty of second-degree reckless endangerment, will not be serving jail time. The boater was found guilty of the crime on Wednesday in Superior Court in Rockville following the incident, which took place in May on Coventry Lake, leading to the injuries of two canoeists.

Peter Zmigrodski, who was 25 at the time of the boating accident, pleaded no contest to the charge, meaning he does not admit guilt, but declined to contest the charge. He will not be serving jail time, even though the boaters were injured.

Zmigrodski was arrested July 2 after Coventry and state Environmental Conservation police obtained a warrant. At around 8:20 p.m. on May 12, Zmigrodski crashed his 23-foot power boat into a canoe that was occupied by the two injured victims. The canoe capsized and both men ended up in the water.

The victims were rescued by nearby residents who witnessed the accident, and were then treated by Coventry EMS and taken to Windham Hospital. Both were discharged.

However, because the victims suffered injuries at the hands of a reckless boater, they may be able to obtain compensation. Whenever an accident occurs involving a pleasure craft, victims and their loved ones can seek legal assistance with a boating accident lawyer in order to protect their rights and fight for damages.

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