Boat Accidents

Certified Trial Lawyers Help Victims of NJ Boat Accidents

Aggressive attorneys pursue the maximum compensation for accidents on NJ waterways

As a coastal state, New Jersey derives much of its character, culture, and economy from the Atlantic. And New Jerseyans also enjoy time on the many lakes and rivers of the Garden State. Unfortunately, these activities come with inherent risks, especially when negligent boaters ignore the rules and put other boaters at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligent behavior, Brach Eichler is here to help. Our personal injury attorneys have a distinguished track record, having recovered more than $225 million dollars in damages for our clients. Proving negligence in a boating accident can be complex, so you should only trust your case to proven professionals. At Brach Eichler, we manage every aspect of your injury or wrongful death claim, focusing on getting the results you deserve.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics for boating accidents in 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard tracks boating accidents on all the nation’s waterways. The good news is that the number of accidents and the rate of deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels decreased from 2016 to 2017. However, the Coast Guard still reported 4,291 recreational boating accidents in 2017 that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries, and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property.

In 2017, the top causes of injury in a recreational boat accident were:

  • Collision with another recreational vessel, which occurred 1,145 times, producing 721 injuries and 49 deaths
  • Collision with fixed object, reported 470 times injuring 327 and killing 63
  • Flooding/swamping, reported 435 times, injuring 132 and killing 76
  • Grounding, reported 368 times, injuring 224 and killing 17
  • Falls overboard, reported 306 times, injuring 126 and killing 179

The top five types of vessels involved in injury accidents in 2017 were:

  • Open motorboat — 198 drownings, 107 other deaths and 1,367 injuries
  • Personal watercraft — 17 drownings, 29 other deaths and 624 injuries
  • Cabin motorboat — 15 drownings, 21 other deaths and 220 injuries
  • Canoe/kayak — 122 drownings, 16 other deaths and 107 injuries
  • Pontoon boat — 28 drownings, 5 other deaths and 133 injuries

The number one cause of death in boating accidents was drowning, and in reported drowning deaths, about 84 percent of the victims were not wearing life vests.

Proving fault in your New Jersey boating accident case

To recover any compensation for your boating accident injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one, you must be able to prove who was at fault and hold them accountable. This process begins with identifying the cause of the accident. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the major causes of boating accidents in 2017 were:

  • Operator inattention — Cited in 620 accidents that produced 45 deaths and 381 injuries
  • Improper lookout — Cited in 471 accidents that produced 23 deaths and 337 injuries
  • Operator inexperience — Cited in 436 accidents that produced 63 deaths and 249 injuries
  • Machinery failure — Cited in 305 accidents that produced 9 deaths and 80 injuries
  • Alcohol use — Cited in 275 accidents that produced 102 deaths and 227 injuries
  • Excessive speed — Cited in 269 accidents that produced 11 deaths and 247 injuries
  • Navigation rules violation — Cited in 257 accidents that produced 22 deaths and 165 injuries
  • Weather — Cited in 198 accidents that produced 40 deaths and 60 injuries
  • Hazardous waters — Cited in 187 accidents that produced 64 deaths and 124 injuries
  • Force of wave/wake — Cited in 169 accidents that produced 17 deaths and 148 injuries

There are many factors at play whenever a recreational boating accident occurs, and the fact that the accident occurs on water makes reconstruction of the accident much more difficult than a typical car crash. This puts additional pressure on the attorney managing your case, who must be capable of thoroughly investigating the accident and assembling the evidence needed to build a compelling case. When you retain Brach Eichler, you can trust our skill, experience, and determination as we fight to deliver the results you deserve.

Contact our determined NJ lawyers for your boat accident claim

Brach Eichler Personal Injury provides capable and aggressive representation for victims of boating accidents on New Jersey waterways. Let us help you obtain the full personal injury compensation you deserve. Call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


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