Just because you are on the water does not mean that you have the license to drink while operating a water vehicle. Drinking and boating accidents can cause injuries and fatalities. Allow the injury attorneys who work with those involved in drinking and boating accidents show you the dangers of drinking and boating, and the legal repercussions of boating under the influence.
The Dangers of Drinking and Boating
As many experienced boaters know, you must treat the water just like you treat the road. You have to exercise the same caution and awareness when you are operating a boat as when you are operating a car.
Just like driving, drinking alcohol while boating impairs your senses in a way that prevents you from adequately operating your boat or jet ski.
When you drink alcohol while operating a vehicle, the following effects are felt:
- Your senses are dulled
- Your response time is reduced
- Your balance is off
- Your judgement is impaired
In fact, being on the water only increases the effects of alcohol due to the following factors:
- Sun glare
- Boat vibrations
- Water current
- Noise levels
Also, alcohol impairs your ability to swim, so if you are to fall overboard, you are more likely to drown.
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The Legal Repercussions of Drinking and Boating
If you are caught boating under the influence, the legal penalties are severe. Drinking and boating has virtually the same legal repercussions as drinking and driving. If you are caught drinking and boating by a Waterways Conservation Officer, you can face the following legal penalties:
- Community service
- Jail time
- Losing your boating license
If you cause a boating accident because you have been boating under the influence, you can also face a lawsuit, specifically if you cause any sort of injuries or fatalities to the other party. A personal injury lawsuit can devastate your finances and even cause bankruptcy.
Boating Accident Lawyers for Personal Injuries
Of course, a boating and drinking injury lawsuit can be extremely beneficial for the injured party. Even if you are a safe boater, you can still fall victim to a drinking and boating accident. If you are the victim of such an accident, our injury lawyers can help you!
By filing suit against the faulted party, you can get the coverage you need to pay for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lifestyle changes
- Personal damages
If you have been injured in an accident due to a careless drunk boater, our injury attorneys can help! Please call our office today for a complimentary consultation at 404-315-8840.