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Intoxicated Boater Charged in Summerville Pier Accident

Published July 19, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

One passenger was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with facial injuries after a boat crashed into the Summerville Pier on Friday. The 26-year-old Irondequoit, New York boat operator was charged with boating while intoxicated, according to Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

A third passenger was not injured. Initial reports indicate that none of the three men were wearing life jackets.

Boat operators should take heed of the ongoing campaigns against drinking and driving and avoid alcohol while on the water. Our New York injury attorneys encourage Binghamton boaters and water lovers to be aware of dangerous boating behaviors and stay safe.

Statistics gathered by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2010 indicate that nationwide 126 boating deaths and approximately 300 injuries reported that alcohol was listed as a contributing factor.

During that same period, 22 of 211 boating accidents in New York reported alcohol use. Four people reportedly died in those accidents and 22 others were injured.

Of the top five factors that resulted in boating accidents, alcohol use ranks the highest. The remaining four boating crash factors are inattention, inexperience, excessive speed and improper lookout.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New York boaters to stop engaging in unsafe and negligent behaviors while boating.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a drunken boat operator in a New York boating accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 304-4121 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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