The boating accident lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have represented several victims who have been injured in incidents at sea. Despite efforts to reduce boat-related accidents by maritime officials, incidents continue to happen for several reasons. Some accidents are weather related while others are the result of equipment failure. Then there are boating accidents that are caused by the operator’s negligence. Speeding, failure to pay attention to one’s surroundings and operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol are all factors that play a role in boat collisions.
This past weekend, two recreational boats were involved in a collision near Long Beach, leaving one man dead and another with injuries. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in ocean waters close to Long Branch. According to reports, the deceased victim, whose name has not yet been released by the New Jersey State Police, was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune for head injuries he sustained in the accident and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The other victim was in shock after the accident.
The United States Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office explained that an 18 foot-long pleasure craft and a 36 foot-long pleasure craft named “No Surrender” collided at around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile and a half south of Long Branch.
“Personnel aboard the No Surrender, a 36 foot-long pleasure craft with four people aboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders informing them of the incident, and that the two people aboard an 18 foot-long pleasure craft sustained injuries,” said Petty Officer Brandyn Hill of the United States Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office.
Passengers who were aboard the No Surrender rescued the men and brought them onboard their vessel. The No Surrender then headed into the Shark River, where the vessel was met by Coast Guard crewmembers and escorted to the United States Coast Guard Station there.
Authorities have not said what caused the accident. According to Hill, “Personnel from the New Jersey State Police are on scene, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.”
Depending on the circumstances of the boating accident, victims may be entitled to receive compensation for their pain and suffering. Relatives of those who sustain fatal injuries may also be able to obtain compensation for the incident. If the accident was found to have been caused by some form of negligence, wounded parties may receive money damages, medical care and even property damage reimbursement. Consulting with a boating accident lawyer can help victims and loved ones determine what their viable options are in order to protect their rights and seek justice for the incident. Our attorneys regularly handle these types of maritime claims and are eager to put our experience to use for victims of boating accidents. If you or anyone you know has suffered in a similar collision, turn to us for help in filing a claim.