Boat Accidents

New Jersey Boat Accident Lawyers

Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers‘ aggressive attorneys pursue the maximum compensation for accidents on New Jersey 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 Trial Lawyers is here to help. Our personal injury attorneys have a distinguished track record, having recovered more than $227 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 Trial Lawyers, we manage every aspect of your injury or wrongful death claim, focusing on getting the results you deserve.

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

Do I Need a Boat Accident Lawyer? 

If you have been injured in a boating accident in New Jersey, you can greatly benefit from the help of a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer who handles maritime claims will use their skills and knowledge to determine the New Jersey laws and statutes applicable to your injury claim. An attorney will establish who can be held liable for your damages, depending on where the boating accident occurred and the type of boating accident it was.

A lawyer will gather important documents and evidence related to your claim, including medical records, insurance policy information, police reports, and more. These documents will help your lawyer get a grasp of the extent of your injury and build your case for compensation. Your boat accident lawyer will also be able to work with the defense attorney and insurance companies to help get you the compensation you deserve. If settlement negotiations prove unsuccessful, your lawyer is prepared to go to trial and present your case.

Failing to file your boat accident injury claim within New Jersey’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases may leave you unable to recover damages for your injuries. This is why you need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

Why Choose Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers to Handle My Case? 

Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers is led by nationally recognized trial attorney Edward Capozzi and features a team of highly accomplished New Jersey personal injury attorneys. Our lawyers will put our vast experience and knowledge to use on your boat accident case, fighting to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation available for your injuries.

Mr. Capozzi is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. He is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum because of the many seven-figure settlements he has secured for clients in New Jersey. In 2014, he received the New Jersey Law Journal’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame Award for obtaining what was then the largest verdict for a products liability case in state history. A tireless worker, Mr. Capozzi secured at least one of the state’s top 20 verdicts or settlements every year from 2012-2018.

Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers knows that boat accidents can be very serious, causing injuries or even deaths that can wreck a family emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a boating accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, it is critical that you take legal action as soon as possible. The New Jersey boat accident lawyers at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have extensive experience pursuing these claims. We represent clients who have suffered injuries from boating accidents in a wide variety of circumstances, including inexperienced operation, boating while drunk, improper lookout, distracted or reckless boating, negligent boat maintenance, excessive speed, and more.

Our boat accident lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and pursuing full and fair compensation for your damages. Allow Mr. Capozzi and our team of experienced New Jersey boat accident lawyers to get to work on your claim today.

It’s All About Results

It’s All About Results

We are the trial attorneys with the experience and knowledge to get you the results you deserve. At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we take time to get to know you, as well as your case. We are committed to excellence. It is important for our team to understand your fears, concerns and expectations. We are always available to answer any questions, and are willing to come to you if you are unable to come to us.

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Types of Boat Accident Cases We Handle

 At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we represent clients who have been injured in boating accidents due to a broad range of causes and resulting in many types of injuries. To recover 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 2018 were:

  • Operator inattention – 654 accidents, producing 50 deaths and 437 injuries
  • Improper lookout – 440 accidents, producing 27 deaths and 316 injuries
  • Operator inexperience – 387 accidents, producing 40 deaths and 213 injuries
  • Machinery failure – 321 accidents, producing 9 deaths and 86 injuries
  • Alcohol use – 254 accidents, producing 101 deaths and 204 injuries
  • Excessive speed – 276 accidents, producing 25 deaths and 231 injuries
  • Navigation rules violation – 184 accidents, producing 19 deaths and 144 injuries
  • Weather – 205 accidents, producing 40 deaths and 96 injuries
  • Hazardous waters – 169 accidents, producing 61 deaths and 70 injuries
  • Force of wave/wake – 209 accidents, producing 10 deaths and 153 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 hire an experienced boat accident attorney from Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, you can rely on our skill and determination as we fight to deliver the results you deserve.

Boating accident injuries can range in type and severity. Depending on the nature of the boating accident, a person may suffer lacerations, contusions or abrasions that may be minor and relatively easy to treat. Some boat accident victims, however, suffer more serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, head trauma, fractured bones, electrocution, burns, and even drowning.

The New Jersey boat accident lawyers at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers understand that anyone who suffers injuries from an accident may be in need of medical care or long-term rehabilitation services. Medical treatment such as this is typically very expensive. If you have been seriously injured in a boat accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden alone. The skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers will fight tirelessly in pursuit of the maximum compensation you need and deserve for your boat accident injuries.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics for boating accidents in 2018

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 3.6% from 2017 to 2018. However, the Coast Guard still reported 4,145 recreational boating accidents in 2018 resulting in 633 deaths, 2,411 injuries, and approximately $46 million in property damage.

In 2018, the top causes of injury in a recreational boat accident were:

  • Collision with another recreational vessel – occurred 1,028 times, producing 661 injuries and 40 deaths
  • Collision with fixed object – reported 470 times, injuring 268 and killing 62
  • Flooding/swamping – reported 443 times, injuring 97 and killing 68
  • Grounding – reported 367 times, injuring 236 and killing 16
  • Falling overboard – reported 274 times, injuring 120 and killing 159

The top five types of vessels involved in injury accidents in 2018 were:

  • Open motorboat – 218 drownings, 93 other deaths and 1,277 injuries
  • Personal watercraft – 11 drownings, 31 other deaths and 634 injuries
  • Cabin motorboat – 13 drownings, 20 other deaths and 193 injuries
  • Canoe/kayak – 109 drownings, 19 other deaths and 120 injuries
  • Pontoon boat – 30 drownings, 5 other deaths and 129 injuries

An experienced New Jersey boating accident attorney can help you recover costs related to your injuries. The process of getting one’s life back on track after a serious boating accident can be stressful and time-consuming. Hiring a lawyer to help get you the compensation needed for the best recovery possible is critical.

Contact our determined NJ lawyers for your boat accident claim

Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers provides capable and aggressive representation for victims of boating accidents on New Jersey waterways. Our personal injury attorneys have a distinguished track record, having recovered more than $227 million in damages for our clients. Proving negligence in a boating accident can be complex, so you should only trust your case to proven professionals.

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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  • $5.8 Million Settlement Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Obtained a $5.8 Million Settlement on Behalf of Injured Client
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Meet Our Trial Attorneys


The trial attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have decades of experience with personal injury litigation. We understand the difficulties accident victims experience. Our staff is especially skilled at dealing with medical providers and insurance companies to navigate these claims and allow you to focus on what is truly important - getting back to health.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us


  • "Best personal injury law firm in New Jersey! My case was not a simple case, but Ed Capozzi and his team took it head on. It was a pleasure to deal with Ed Capozzi and Corey Dietz. All their knowledge and fast response to any questions I had throughout the case made it easier on me. I can’t forget about Mr. Capozzi’s wonderful paralegal. Ella Twardowski was a pleasure to talk to and work with. Everybody was kind and thoughtful. This team of attorneys never made me feel like I was just another case. They make you feel like friends. If you need an personal injury lawyer, give Ed Capozzi and Corey Dietz a call! They won't let you down! Thanks to everyone at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers! You guys rock!"

    Matt Wislocki
  • "I would never choose another law firm!! Mr. Edward Capozzi and Valentina treated me like family. I was scared to go to court but when I did, he was very aggressive and fought for me. I got so much money for my case!! I can't say it enough, THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!"

    Margarita C.
  • "Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers is a top notch law firm. I worked specifically with Mr. Capozzi, and was very impressed with his knowledge of personal injury law, and his commitment to ensuring I got the result I deserved."

    Stephen Quigg
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