Boating accidents caused by alcohol can be prevented

Boating accidents caused by alcohol can be prevented

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Boating accidents caused by alcohol can be prevented

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Boating accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of these causes are the same as the causes of car accidents. One of the causes in particular is especially troubling — boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Boating Under the Influence

There are specific laws that make operating a vessel on the water after you have been driving illegal. Just as the law has a legal limit for motor vehicle drivers, it also provides a limit for boaters. In many cases, this limit is .08 percent. Of course, people who are under the legal drinking age and those who are operating commercial vessels would have a lower legal limit.

People who operate a boat while they are drunk can face criminal charges. If their actions cause an accident, they can face a civil lawsuit that seeks compensation for the injuries that the accident caused.

For the people who are injured in boating accidents that are caused by a drunk boater, seeking compensation might seem difficult, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Once you have obtained the medical care you need, you can focus on seeking compensation.

Interestingly, even a person who has a seemingly low BAC might be more impaired than what the numbers would indicate. This is because the effects of the sun and being on the water can make the effects of alcohol more pronounced.

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Seeking Compensation After A Boating Injury

If you were injured in a boating accident caused by a drunk operator, you might be able to use that information when you seek compensation. Learning about personal injury laws and boating under the influence laws might help you to make choices about how to proceed.

Source: FindLaw, “Boating Under the Influence Basics,” accessed Nov. 04, 2016

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