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63-Year-Old Upstate NY Man Dies In Boating Accident

63 year old upstate ny man dies in boating accident

Victim, Ajay Aggarwal, Was Riding Personal Watercraft With Son

In May of 2020, 63-year-old Ajay Aggarwal visited Oneida Lake in Vienna, NY, with his son Nikunj Aggarwal, 31, of Jersey City.

Around noon, the two men were riding their Sea-Doo Spark watercraft about 150 yards away from shore when Aggarwal fell off the PWC and into the water as it was slowing down; his son was knocked off as well. As the men attempted to get back on the jetski, it flipped over on top of them.

Nearby boaters noticed the men struggling and drove over to help. They managed to get both father and son out of the water, but the older Aggarwal would later be pronounced dead at the scene. While the cause of death remains unknown, an autopsy was already scheduled.

The Vienna Sheriff's Office initially reported that there was no indication that the victim had drowned. Both men were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

Who Can Be Held Responsible After A Jet-Ski Accident Causes Death?

There are many causes for boating and jet-ski accidents. Some of the most common include:

  • Inexperience
  • Boating Under The Influence
  • Weather
  • Careless Driving
  • Craft Malfunction

The injuries resulting from such accidents can be just as varied. Bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and near-drownings are only some of the most prominent. This is, of course, in the instances when a jet-ski accident doesn't result in death.

Determining the exact cause of such boating accidents can help the individuals affected to understand whether they're eligible to seek compensation.

For example, if it can be discovered that negligence was at fault, such as on behalf of a private individual or a rental company, then these may be liable for damages. The manufacturer of the watercraft may also be held responsible if a product defect is found to be the cause.

Establishing the exact cause of a boating accident can be very difficult to do and even more so when it must be proven in court. There is substantial legal knowledge and experience required for such legal claims to be successful. Namely, a concrete link must be drawn between the injuries and the cause of the accident.

Successful boating accident lawsuits can award victims and their loved ones with compensation that can consider:

  • Medical costs stemming from the accident, including ongoing treatment expenses
  • Loss of income due to disability
  • Physical injury
  • Emotional suffering

If you are not certain whether the circumstances of your accident allow for filing a lawsuit or not, contact our experienced boating accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Our team will answer any questions you may have and explain the next steps if you chose to move forward.

The Justice Guardians boating accident lawyers accept cases on contingency; This means that if you are not awarded compensation, you do not owe any legal fees whatsoever. No Win, No Fee.

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David Petrone
Date Published: February 26, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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