The Charlotte area has plenty of recreational and commercial boating activity. An unfortunate reality of boating activities is that severe injuries can occur that are often caused by the careless or negligent actions of a boat operator or owner. 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 for an overboard incident. We will conduct a full investigation into the claim and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. If you have lost a loved one due to an overboard accident, our wrongful death lawyers in Charlotte are ready to assist you with your case.
Overboard accidents can lead to severe injuries or death
The US Coast Guard keeps track of severe boating accidents that occur each year across the country. Out of all of the incidents that can occur on a recreational commercial or private boat, any accident that causes a person to go overboard is perhaps the scariest.
According to the USCG, there were nearly 300 incidents classified as “falls overboard” during the latest reporting year of data available. Out of these incidents, there were 189 deaths and 122 injuries reported. Looking at this data, it is clear that a high percentage of all overboard accidents lead to injuries or fatalities for victims.
Main causes of overboard accidents
When a person is on a boat, whether in the ocean, on a lake, or in a river, the wide-open spaces often give a false sense of security to those on board the vessel. However, serious accidents that lead to overboard incidents occur regularly. In many cases, overboard accidents are caused by the careless or negligent actions of the person operating the boat. This can include:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
When a boat operator is inexperienced, distracted, or going too fast, it is much more likely that they will collide with another vessel or collide with a fixed object, which can lead to an overboard incident.
In some cases, alcohol contributes to an overboard accident. North Carolina law prohibits operating a water vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The blood alcohol concentration legal limit for boating in NC is .08%. However, if any passenger on board a water vessel is intoxicated, they are much more likely to be injured in an overboard incident.
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If you or somebody you love has been injured in an overboard boating accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should speak to an attorney about your case as soon as possible. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we pledge to conduct a full investigation Into your case in order to secure any compensation you may need. This can include:
- All boating accident-related medical expenses
- Coverage of lost wages if you cannot work
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment images
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence