According to the United States Coast Guard’s National Recreational Boating Safety Program Executive Summary, in 2011 there were 4,588 boating accidents resulting in $52 million in damages. Of those accidents 758 of them were fatal, which is a 14.8% increase from the previous year. Roughly 70% of all fatalities were drownings, 84% of the people who drowned did not have a life jacket on.
North and South Carolina lakes, rivers, and other waterways offer some of the most beautiful scenery and opportunity for enjoyment, recreation, and relaxation for fishers, skiers, sailors and other boaters. The types of boats range from smaller personal water crafts, like a jet ski, to charter fishing boats and houseboats. In addition to recreational boating, the South Carolina coast serves as a cruise ship port.
Unfortunately, the careless and reckless conduct of others causes accidents resulting in serious injuries and damages. Many different laws exist to govern what happens on the Carolina waterways depending on where and how the accident occurs. Thus, boating accidents present complex questions that only experienced and skillful attorneys should attempt to handle.
Contact the Boating Accident Law Firm of Bice Law
If you have been injured while on the water or working in a capacity covered by Maritime Law, the personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payment for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and any permanent disability. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a boating accident attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.