When it comes to operating a boat, it requires a certain level of precaution and responsibility. Just like when it comes to driving a car, it is the driver’s duty to ensure they are being as safe as possible. This means fully understanding how to operate the vessel, paying close to attention to surroundings, and obeying speed limits and other laws. Without taking these necessary precautions, an accident can occur, which can result in serious injury or death. It is also crucial that anyone driving a car or operating a boat is sober, and not under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Boating while intoxicated (BWI) can have serious consequences, and in many cases, it is an intoxicated boater who is the main cause of a boating accident. In fact, the American Boating Association has reported that approximately 31 percent of boating accidents were alcohol-related.
Laws regarding boating while intoxicated will vary by state and the operator’s age when it comes to blood alcohol levels, but the fact of the matter is, even a small amount of alcohol can be enough to impair someone’s judgment and cause a boating accident. When the operator of a boat is under the influence of alcohol, he or she may make poor decisions, such as:
- Failing to follow necessary safety regulations
- Hitting big waves
- Colliding into structures or other boats
- Operating in poor weather conditions
Boating accidents can occur in a number of situations and on any type of watercraft. They can occur from large yachts down to small jet skis. It’s often the smaller and faster boats that result in the more serious injuries, especially due to their lack of protection. If you were on a boat with an intoxicated operator who caused an accident, or you were on another boat and an intoxicated boater crashed into you, you may be working with a personal injury lawyer in order to obtain monetary compensation.
Waiting for your case to settle while you recover from a boating accident can be mentally exhausting and frustrating. There is a lot to take into consideration when it comes to lawsuit timelines, but at USClaims, we can help you receive money sooner. Through a process known as pre-settlement funding. If a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now.