People in and around the Charlotte area regularly enjoy having a good time out on a boat. However, a boating party can quickly become a boating disaster. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we are here to help when you need a Charlotte party boat accident attorney. Our team understands that severe injuries can occur due to the careless or negligent actions of a boat owner or operator. We will conduct a full investigation into the incident so we can secure any compensation you may be entitled to.
Boats and partying can be a combination of disaster
There is nothing wrong with having fun on the waterways. Boaters in and around the Charlotte area regularly enjoy recreational boat parties. However, the very nature of partying often means that there may be alcohol or other unsafe activities involved. Sometimes, partying and boating do not mix well together.
First, we want to point out that it is against North Carolina law for the operator of a water vessel to be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. The legal limit blood alcohol content level for a boat operator is .08%, the same as it is for driving a vehicle.
When we turn to data from the Coast Guard, we can see that alcohol is the fifth most common contributor to boating accidents throughout the United States. However, there are various other causes of boat accidents that are also likely to be present in a boat party situation:
- Operator inattention/Distracted operator
- Inexperienced operators
- Excessive speed on the water
- Navigation rules violations
- Wake or wave force accidents
Jet skis and partying
Jet skis are a very popular recreational water vessel, and they are often involved in party boat situations. However, The owners of a jet ski should never let inexperienced or intoxicated people operate these vessels. Jet skis can reach high speeds very quickly, which can lead to severe injuries in the event an accident occurs.
Liability in these cases
It is up to the owner of any water vessel to ensure that parties do not get out of hand. Regardless of whether or not there is a party happening on a boat, all safety protocols should be followed. Water vessels should be inspected and maintained, and there should be enough safety equipment on board for everyone. This includes appropriately fitted life jackets.
We offer free consultations for your case
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the negligence of another person while partying on a boat, contact an attorney about your case immediately. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you through this. Let us investigate every aspect of your case so we can secure the compensation you need, including:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the incident
- Lost wages if you cannot work while you recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Possible punitive damages against a boat owner or operator