A young woman was tragically killed in a boating accident on Long Island earlier last month. The 26-year-old victim was celebrating Father’s Day weekend with her family when the group decided to go tubing near the Middle Bay Country Club Golf Course when tragedy struck. The young woman was flung from the tube and collided with a bulkhead at the edge of the waterway.
An eyewitness (on the golf course at the time) happened to be a trained lifeguard and immediately dove in to save the woman but she was unconscious and unresponsive when pulled from the water. EMTs declared her dead at the scene when they arrived.
Making the terrible boating accident in New York even worse, the woman’s younger sister and father were on the boat at the time of the collision.
In accidents such as this, the driver of the watercraft can be held criminally and civilly liable if they acted in such a manner as to put the victim’s life in danger. For instance, they were intoxicated at the time of the crash or engaged in other reckless activity (such as traveling at excessive rates of speed) police could decide to file charges that could result in penalties and even jail time.
It’s unlikely that such charges will stem from this crash but the family could still seek financial compensation with the help of an experienced boating accident attorney in New York. The family would have to establish that the operators of the watercrafts did not operate their boats in a reasonably safe manner. The family could then seek damages for medical and burial expenses and pain and suffering for the period of time the woman survived after the accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving recreational watercraft, call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.