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Boating Accident Lawyers

Boating Accident Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Every summer, sailboats and power boats, canoes and jet-skis crisscross the Finger Lakes. What better way to enjoy Seneca Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Cayuga Lake, Keuka Lake and more of the small and pristine bodies of water that draw millions of tourists to Central New York State.

Unfortunately, the fun of boating is all too frequently marred by accidents. The fishing, swimming, and socializing is sometimes tragically disrupted by serious, even fatal mishaps.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, seven of the top 10 causes of boating accidents are related to human mistakes.

The leading causes of boating accidents include alcohol use, carelessness, reckless operation, operator inattention or inexperience, excessive speed, and passenger or water-skier behavior. Careless or reckless operation, often exacerbated by drinking alcohol, is the No. 1 cause of boating injuries and deaths.

Over the years, the Ziff Law Firm has handled many substantial boating accident cases over the years including:

  • A Seneca Lake boating accident that occurred when a drunken boat operator, crashed into the Watkins Glen seawall at night, badly injuring our client, who was a passenger in the boat.
  • Another Seneca Lake boating accident in which a young water skier was run over by the propeller of a motor boat.
  • A Keuka Lake jet-ski accident in which two inexperienced jet-ski operators collided at high speed.
  • A Cayuga Lake jet-ski accident in which a jet-ski operator ran into a dock, at night and at high speed — causing serious injuries to his passenger.

Many inexperienced boaters believe that boats handle like cars, or don’t even require the same level of skill to drive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Boats and jet skis cannot stop quickly. They create wakes which can impact other boats, water skiers or swimmers. Boating lanes are not clearly marked like roads. And out on the water with friends, it’s a big temptation to party and drink, even though it’s dangerous to have impaired judgment out on the water.

Choose An Attorney With Boating Accident Experience

Boating accidents often occur because people don’t appreciate the risks of boating. Attorneys with experience in handling boating accidents know that these accidents are different from car accidents. Not only do Ziff Law Firm lawyers have experience in handling local boating accidents, we are first-person familiar with local boating – attorney Adam Gee keeps a boat at a marina on Keuka Lake, while managing partner Jim Reed has a cottage on Seneca Lake.

145908351Lawyers with experience handling boating collisions know that there are particular rules and regulations governing these cases, very different from those that apply to auto accidents. They also know to find and collect important evidence to conduct successful cases for clients. The Ziff Law Firm has represented boating accident victims, and helped them recover damages to replace wages lost while they recovered, the cost of health care, compensation for their pain and suffering, and more.

If you or someone you care about needs the advice of experienced lawyers with the information about your legal rights and potential compensation after a boating accident, contact us. We’re ready to help and have a proven record of success. Call (607) 733‑8866 or toll-free (800)-943‑3529; or for more information, e-mail [email protected].


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY