Boating Accidents

Located along the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston is known as a place full of boating activity. Whether you are spending the day engaging in water sports on Lake Marion, adventuring out on the ocean, or going for a cruise down the Ashley or Cooper Rivers, you may find your summer days on the water. While boating is a great recreation activity throughout the warm season, with the increase in boating comes the increased risk of boat-related injuries. Severe injuries that can result from boating accidents include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Bone and Ligament Injuries

Which Party Is Responsible in a Boating Accident That Results in Injury?

Depending on the injury suffered from a boating accident, the responsible party would be listed as the one who was negligent or failed to act with an amount of reasonable care. Severe injuries can result from a variety of boating accidents such as:

  • Collision With Another Boat - If your injury is the result of a boat on boat accident, the operator of the boat that was found to be violating boating safety laws or the rules of the water will be likely held as the responsible party.
  • Colliding With a Wave - If the operator of the boat collides with a wave causing you to be injured, it would have to be determined whether the collision was through negligence or accident.
  • Hitting Another Boats Wake - Injuries resulting from hitting another boat's wake are the responsibility of the boat driver that created the wake if they are in a high traffic area.
  • Hitting a Submerged Object - If the boat operator collides with a submerged object due to negligence, such as traveling rapidly through an unknown area they would be held for any injuries you may incur as a result.
  • Not Having Proper Safety Equipment - If you are injured on a boat that is lacking in safety equipment the cost of damages would fall to the owner of the boat whether they are on the vessel or not.

Contact a Trusted Advocate

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a boating accident, we can help you navigate the legal claims process. We work with you one on one to help you with your medical, property, and damage claims. Contact us today at 843-352-4149 or email today to set up your free consultation.