Why Does the Law Require Inspections for Towing Vessels

Why Does the Law Require Inspections for Towing Vessels?
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 made towing vessels legally subject to inspections. Currently, in 2011, the Coast Guard has proposed a rule that explains how the required inspections should be conducted. If the proposed rule becomes final, then approximately 5,200 towing vessels used in U.S. waters would be subject to annual inspections by a towing safety management system or the Coast Guard.

These inspections are required because there are, on average, 156 towing vessel accidents every year. These 156 towing vessel accidents result in approximately one quarter million dollars in property damage, 23 deaths, 146 causalities, and 26 oil spills.

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, in a towing boat accident then it is important to understand your rights. A New York Jones Act attorney can help you evaluate your case and fight for the damages that you deserve.

For more information about how a New York Jones Act lawyer can help you, please contact the experienced New York and New Jersey maritime lawyers at Hofmann & Schweitzer. We can be reached at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY for a free and confidential consultation.