Charleston Boating Accident Lawyers
Let Us Explain What to Do After an Accident
As a waterfront city, Charleston, SC, is prone to an increased number of boating accidents. Each year, people suffer injuries or wrongful death due to serious boating accidents. These accidents are often preventable, making the injuries even more frustrating.
Typical injuries or damages can include:
- Broken bones
What is the Cause of Most Boating Accidents?
Operator inexperience, operator inattention, excessive speed, and alcohol use are all cited as the most common culprits of boating accidents. Not paying attention (operator inattention) is the most common reason for boating accidents, but boat drivers must remember that while boating with family and friends is a fun, recreational activity, as the driver they have a responsibility to safely operate a vehicle. In this case, the vehicle is the boat rather than a car, but the responsibility is the same.
The U.S. Coast Guard additionally reports that many boating accidents are caused by:
- Collision with another vessel
- Flooding or swamping
- Collision with a fixed object
- Operator Inattention
- Improper Lookout
- Excessive Speed
- Alcohol Use
- Machinery Failure
- Navigational Rules Violations
- Hazardous Waters.
- Skier mishap
Just as car drivers are responsible for any accidents they cause on the highway, so boat drivers are responsible for any accidents they cause on the water. However, unlike car drivers, boat drivers are not required to insure the boats they operate in South Carolina. This could create a more complex situation for your case, making it crucial that you have counsel. As is true with auto accidents, boating accidents involve the assignment of fault. This is how liability is determined. Whether it was product failure or operator error, the responsible party is liable for any injuries or damage that results from their negligence.
Call Our Charleston Boating Accident Lawyers
Because the operation of water vehicles is less regulated than the operation of motor vehicles, it is crucial to speak with a Charleston injury attorney who is well versed in boating law. At Kahn Law Firm, LLP, our lawyers bring over 100 years combined experience to the table. We are extremely selective in the cases we take on, and we don't charge you anything unless we win.
Ready to schedule your free initial consultation in Charleston? Call us at (845) 203-9990 today! Available 24/7.