When you get behind the driver’s wheel of a boat, the feeling of freedom can be invigorating. You may be facing miles of open water, with no obstacles and nothing to get in the way of smoothly gliding across the surface. Unfortunately, the truth is that many of the same dangers that exist on New York’s streets are also found in the state’s waterways. One of the most dangerous may not be apparent until it is too late: distracted driving. At Hofmann and Schweitzer, we want you to be safe whether you are on the road or out to sea, which is why we have compiled some information about distracted boat driving.

The illusion that you will not encounter any obstacles when you are on open water is a false one. Rocks, sandbars and downed trees can be lurking just beneath the surface, causing you to crash or inflicting damage on your boat. If you are not paying attention, you will be less likely to notice these things until you are struck.

Crowded bodies of water are even more dangerous, with many other boats zooming by, all attempting to safely pass each other. If you or a driver around you become distracted, the result could be deadly. Boaters are generally not wearing helmets or other protective gear and can be seriously injured in the event of a crash.

Many of the same reasons you can become distracted in a car exist on the water. You could be texting or talking on a phone, eating, looking away or using the internet, but all could lead to the same dangerous situations.

Why Should I Contact A Maritime Attorney If I've Been Hurt By A Distracted Boater?

If you have been hurt by a distracted boater, then it is important to talk to a maritime attorney as soon as possible after your accident. A distracted boater may have been a negligent boater, and a negligent boater may be legally responsible for your injuries.

Boaters, like drivers, may be distracted by any number of things including:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Emailing or using the internet
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to a colleague or passenger
  • Daydreaming
  • Anything else that takes a boater's attention away from the safe operation of his or her vessel

If a distracted boater caused your injuries, then you may be entitled to damages. The types of damages to which you may be entitled depend on all the circumstances of the case and may include compensation for past and future costs. Contact an experienced maritime lawyers at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY today to talk about your case, your legal rights and your potential financial recovery.

Paul T. Hofmann
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Focused on personal injury, with an emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims.
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