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Following a June 14 recreational boating accident, the 43-year-old driver of the craft is in jail facing charges for boating under the influence, according to WLTX CBS 19.
The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Lake Marion just outside of Eutawville, South Carolina when the boat struck a buoy near Red Bank Landing. The force of the collision sent three of the four people onboard the boat flying into the water, resulting in the death of one and injuries to the others.
While the drunken boater in the reported incident referenced above is facing criminal charges, that may be of little direct benefit to his victims. The state or prosecuting attorney represents the collective interests of society, not individual victims of wrongdoing. For victims, a civil suit often represents their best chance to hold the drunken boater accountable in a way that will actually help make the victim whole again.
Is My Family Safe on the Water?
No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel of a boat, the reckless actions of your fellow boaters can still put your family in harm’s way. Victims of boating accidents caused by the mistakes of others need to act as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost, and obtain the assistance they need to help secure the money they will require for hospital bills, long-term medical care and living expenses incurred during the recovery process.
An experienced accident lawyer can guide families through the process of holding those at fault accountable for the pain and suffering they inflict on others.
Did You Know: Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2012 according to US Coast Guard data, causing 17 percent of all such incidents.
Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.