Many people in North Carolina enjoy boating as a recreational activity. Unfortunately, this activity can lead to dangerous accidents. Depending on the type of accident, these incidents may result in various injuries, or possibly even death. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a boating accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you have the right to take legal action. Our North Carolina lawyers have a thorough understanding of the state’s rules and regulations regarding boating and are capable of creating the strongest possible case for you.
Filing a boating accident case requires determining the guilty party and providing evidence of that party’s negligent act. These cases can prove to be complex. The best course of action to take is to get in contact with a lawyer who is well-versed in boating accident cases. Our expert lawyers have the knowledge and skill to provide you with the legal guidance that you need.
Boating accidents are typically caused by some form of error, including, but not limited to, miscalculating a turn, speeding, violating boating rules, not watching out for nearby crafts, lack of proper boat maintenance, or operating a boat while under the influence.
Boating While Under the Influence
Boating while under the influence is against the law in the state of North Carolina. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is the legal limit for operating a boat in North Carolina, the same as the legal limit for driving a car.
Federal Boating Laws in North Carolina
In North Carolina, there are federal maritime laws that apply to boating accident injuries that take place on navigable waters. Navigable waters include many different bodies of water, such as the ocean, harbors, rivers, lakes, and waterways. These laws mean that the boating accident case will most likely take place in a federal court, making these cases more complicated. This is why it is best to hire an expert lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of these laws.
North Carolina’s federal maritime laws utilize “comparative fault.” This means that if the injured party had held some fault in the accident, he or she can still be awarded compensation. The amount will be reduced by the percentage that the injured party’s own actions caused the incident.
Boating Accident Damages
The party who is determined liable for the incident is responsible for providing the victim with compensation. Monetary compensation is awarded for any damages, such as injuries, medical bills, and lost wages, in an attempt to make up for these burdens.
A boating accident can involve any watercraft, such as:
- Jet skis
- Inflatable watercrafts
If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one due to a boating accident caused by the negligent act of another party, you may have a case for receiving compensation. At The Nye Law Group, we know how difficult this time is. Allow us to provide you with the support and resources that you need. Call us at (912) 200-5230 to learn more about the options that are available to you.