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If you are visiting Albany, New York, you may be aware that it is a major boating destination. Albany even offers boat tours to those who are interested in soaking in the views while embracing a cultural experience.

Even a perfect day on the water can transform into chaos in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one have suffered a severe injury on a recreational boat or cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation.

At Steve Foley Law Firm, we believe that victims of boating accidents should be compensated for both their financial hardship and emotional trauma. When you come to us, we will do everything in our power to earn you the compensation you deserve.

Speed Regulations

Watercraft vessels are restricted to traveling at 5 miles per hour within 100 feet of shore, a dock, or an anchored boat. However, local ordinances may vary. Vessels must follow posted speed limits.

When no speed limit is posted, boating operators must travel at a speed that will ensure others’ safety. The driver of a boat is held accountable for any damage that is caused by the vessel’s wake.

Boating While Intoxicated

In all 50 states, including New York state, boating while intoxicated (BWI) is becoming an increasing concern. Whereas many people realize that operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol is illegal, they may not know that it is illegal to operate a boat while impaired.

Navigation Law §49-a (2)(b) makes it unlawful for a person to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater. A person under the age of 21 will be considered to be operating a vessel illegally if his or her blood alcohol level is 0.02 percent or greater.

Recovering Damages

While New York law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard will pursue legal action against a drunk boating operator, injury victims retain the right to sue privately. To recover damages, you will need to prove that the boating operator’s negligence resulted in your injuries.

A successful claim will allow you to recover damages. Damages in a personal injury suit are designed to make the victim “whole” again. Compensatory damages are any actual losses that you suffered from your accident or injury. Compensatory damages may be either economic or non-economic.

Economic damages are any pecuniary losses that took money directly out of your pocket and may include the following:

  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Emergency room visit
  • Surgeries and treatments
  • Property damage (such as damage to your boat)

Conversely, non-economic damages are those losses that impact your life but do not have a financial component. They may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of companionship and society
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress
  • Scarring and/or disfigurement

Albany NY Boating Accident Lawyers with Proven Results

You should not be burdened with accident-related expenses caused by another person’s negligence. If you have sustained injuries in a boating accident, now is the time to speak with our knowledgeable Albany boating accident lawyers. To schedule your free consultation, contact us by calling (716) 249-2222 or by completing our online contact form.