Regardless of the time of year, you can be sure that boaters are out on the waterways around Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Boating is an incredibly popular activity. Our region has plenty of residents and visitors that partake in boating, either for recreation, fishing, or other commercial activities. However, boat accidents can lead to severe injuries. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our qualified and experienced team is ready to help when you need a Charlotte boating accident attorney. Let us investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have suffered a serious injury from a boating accident, call (704) 850-6322 for a free consultation about your case.
Boat accidents can be severe for North Carolina residents and visitors
The US Coast Guard releases an annual list of recreational boating accident statistics. During the latest reporting year of data, the Coast Guard states that there were, 4,168 total boating accidents reported throughout the country. Out of these incidents, there were 613 deaths and 2,559 injuries. When analyzing the data provided by the USCG for North Carolina, we can see that there were 128 recreational boating accidents reported.
It is important for us to point out that these statistics only include accidents that were reported to the US Coast Guard. There are many other boating accidents that may be deemed less “severe,” and thereby not reported. However, boat passengers can still sustain significant injuries in these non-reported accidents.
In and around the Charlotte, NC, area, our boat accident lawyers regularly help clients and families get through accidents involving the following:
Main causes of NC boating accidents
Regardless of whether or not a person is a commercial boat owner or a private boat owner, it is important that they take steps to ensure the safety of those on board. This includes inspecting and maintaining the vessel and ensuring that every passenger has access to adequate safety gear. The USCG updates an annual list of the top causes contributing to boating accidents, and these include:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
- Machinery failure
- Navigation rules violation
- Hazardous waters
- Force of a wave or wake
When looking at this list of accident causes, we can see that most of these incidents could be prevented if owners and operators of a vessel performed their jobs responsibly.
We offer a free consultation for your case
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a boating accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, please contact us for assistance today. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we are going to conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of all boat crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work while you recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party