Pontoon boats are a popular type of recreational boat that you often see used in and around the Charlotte area. These boats differ from traditional boats in that they stay afloat by relying on structures called “pontoons.” Unfortunately, serious accidents can occur due to the careless or negligent actions of a pontoon boat operator or owner. If you or somebody you care about needs a Charlotte pontoon boat accident attorney, the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. is ready to help. Let us complete investigation into your case and secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Pontoon boat designs and purpose
Pontoon boats used to be thought of as slower vessels used for recreational purposes. Typically, a pontoon boat has a flatter surface with a larger lounge area on top and two inflatable or rigid “pontoons” that keep the vessel afloat. However, modern pontoon boats are often much faster than they used to be, and these vessels can cause severe injuries in the event they are involved in an accident.
According to the US Coast Guard, pontoon boats rank in the top five types of water vessels responsible for casualties each year across the country.
Pontoon boat accident causes
There are various causes of pontoon boat accidents in and around the Charlotte area. As with any vessel on the waterway, the boat owner and operator has a responsibility to ensure the vessel is working properly. Owners and operators should also ensure that every passenger on board has the appropriate safety gear, including life jackets.
One of the main causes of pontoon boat accidents is people falling overboard in front of the pontoon boat and being struck by the propeller. This can occur in a variety of ways, but often happens when victims are “bow-riding.” This means that they were sitting on the front deck and dangling their legs or feet into the water while the boat is still moving. A boat operator will not have time to stop the vessel if a person falls in the water while bow-riding.
Another common theme amongst pontoon boat accident cases is alcohol-involved incidents. Since pontoon boats have traditionally been recreational vessels, alcohol is often on board. While it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol, it is not illegal to have alcohol on the vessel itself. Anyone other than the boat operator can drink. Unfortunately, there are times when the boat operator is also intoxicated above the legal boating limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration.
Call us for a free consultation of your case today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pontoon boat accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another party, contact the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help today. Our attorneys will conduct a full investigation into the case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include:
- Coverage of your boat accident-related medical bills
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Any household out-of-pocket incurred due to the incident
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against any grossly negligent party