Carol Fontana Suffered Head Injury In Onondaga County Boat Crash In Brewerton On The Oneida River Not Far From Route 11 Bridge
ONONDAGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 23, 2021) – A woman identified as Carol Fontana was injured in a boat accident on the Oneida River in the town of Brewerton.
Onondaga County police officials are saying that the boat crash took place on August 11th. A 34-year-old man from Liverpool was allegedly unfamiliar with the throttle system of his boat and lost control.
That boat then crashed into a second boat operated by Andrew Curr, 65, of Brewerton whose passenger has been identified as Carol Fontana. Three people in the impact vehicle were ejected from the boat.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. One person on the impacting boat from Syracuse was treated for a leg injury. Carol Fontana was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for a head injury.
Andrew Curr was medically evaluated at the scene but was not seriously injured from the collision. A full investigation into the Brewerton boat accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Boat Crashes On The Oneida River In Brewerton
Boating has become much more popular over the last year as people have taken to spending more time outdoors. But this has come with an increase in accidents and subsequent injuries. According to the Coast Guard Maritime Commons, fatal collisions are up nearly 25% over the same period last year. Of the victims that drowned nearly 86% of them were not wearing life-jackets. Most collisions occured with recreational vehicles available to the public. There are a number of factors that could potentially influence the likelihood of a boat accident including:
- Operational error
- Operational inexperience
- Alcohol use
- Mechanical failures
- Navigational rule violations
New York is one of several states that requires certain boat operators to go through a boat safety certification. However, like most other states, boat operators are not required to get a license. Operating a boat is very different from driving a car. For one, there are no lanes in the open waters. In order to be safe boat operators must become familiar with boating navigation rules.
Drivers that cause accidents due to sudden acceleration of their boat will typically be held liable in the event of an accident. Depending on the facts of any particular case liability for a boat accident may extend beyond the driver that caused a crash. For example, a large portion of the boats on open waters are rented vessels. The companies that rent boats have a legal obligation to be careful with respect to who they are renting to.
Boat companies cannot rent a boat to someone visibly intoxicated nor can they rent to someone that may lack the proper license or certification. Liability in such a case could stem from the legal doctrine of “negligent entrustment.” In short, negligent entrustment occurs when the supplier of a qualified product gives the product to a person whom they know (or should have known) is likely to use that product in a manner which is unreasonably dangerous. Victims of boat accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
Even after the physical injuries of a boat crash have healed many survivors suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a boat driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is prudent to seek the experience guidance of a boat accident attorney following a collision. An attorney can investigate all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Investigating A Boat Accident On The Oneida River In Brewerton
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Carol Fontana and every person injured in this boat crash. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a very serious crash that could have easily killed someone. As boat accident attorneys we remain deeply concerned about the sharp rise in serious boat collisions in New York. Any person thinking about operating a boat should take time to learn all about their boat in particular. This should be done when there aren’t other people around them that could get injured. Far too many of these collisions are totally preventable.