Category Archives: New Jersey

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New Jersey Pontoon Accident: What is Christopher’s Law?

NJ.com reports that a bill has been introduced in New Jersey dubbed “Christopher’s Law” that would require pontoon rental businesses to notify customers about the dangers of operating the vessels. According to the website, the law is a tribute to a 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico Jr. who was killed in a June pontoon accident on Lake Hopatcong. Sen. Anthony Bucco introduced the legislation, saying it would update existing laws by requiring businesses to post signs about vessel dangers. The bill would force businesses to post warnings at entrances, in addition to requiring them to provide operators with instructions about how to traverse and anchor vessels. Specifically, the bill would require images of the “outline of a person near a propeller surrounded by a red circle, with a red backslash bisecting the image” in business areas. D’Amico Jr. was killed while his father was operating a rented pontoon boat after he fell…
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Does Maritime Law Apply If I’m Hurt on Land Near the Water?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a form of workers’ comp that provides those who are not members of a vessel crew with compensation if they are injured while working on or near the water, including: Damages for lost body parts Death benefits for surviving dependents Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage for as long as he or she is totally and permanently disabled Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage for as long as he or she is temporarily totally disabled Vocational rehabilitation for workers who are permanently disabled Medical treatment and equipment A recent shipping container accident took place on land near the water. The incident happened at Port Newark in New Jersey and left a truck driver seriously injured, according to WLNY-TV. Reportedly, a shipping container fell onto the truck driver’s vehicle while he was inside it, crushing part of the cab. The 43-year-old…
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Tougher Penalties for Leaving Scene of Boat Accidents

In New Jersey, state law demands that boat operators involved in an accident stop and help any injured persons, assuming they can do so without risking harm to themselves. A new law just signed into existence raises the stakes for leaving the scene of an accident. If the accident results in a death, fleeing the scene is punishable by between five and 10 years in prison. If the accident results in serious injury, an absent boat operator can receive up to five years in prison. The new law was inspired when Robert Post of Point Pleasant was killed after a power boat ran over his Boston Whaler. The power boat’s driver, Anthony DiGilio, was charged with vehicular homicide and two counts of assault by vessel. DiGilio maintained he’d thought he hit a log, and did not know he’d hit another boat. After a short trial, he was acquitted of all…
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