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With over 460,000 acres of lakes, 8,000 miles of river and 3,000 miles of coastline, South Carolina sees its share of boating accidents. Residents and non-residents use boats for pleasure, hunting, water skiing and fishing. It’s easy enough to get hurt while you are boating, whether it’s an accidental drowning, broken limbs, or a piece of equipment that injures you on a boat, such as the boom on a sailboat or fishing boat equipment.
Over the years, boating accidents have decreased, in part because of the Boating Safety Act of 1996, boating education classes and Drew’s Law. In 2018, South Carolina saw 142 recreational boating accidents and 15 recreational boating fatalities. In 2018 and 2017, there were zero private pond fatalities—the boating safety regulations are not enforced on private ponds. However, in 2016, there were 140 boating accidents and 23 fatalities, plus seven fatalities on private ponds.
If you were injured in a boating accident or you lost a loved one in a boating accident, contact Hughey Law Firm for a free consultation today.
Boating injuries could happen to anyone anytime and on any type of boat. With some types of boats, injuries may be more prevalent, such as on fishing boats, hunting boats or sailboats because of the type of equipment found on those boats. For example, a winch cable on a fishing boat could snap and take a body part off or a boom on a sailboat could knock someone out or even overboard. Other causes of accidents include:
You may recover current and future medical expenses, current and future lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of consortium and punitive damages in certain types of boating accidents. Punitive damages are only awarded if the behavior of the person who caused the accident was grossly negligent, such as boating under the influence.
Accident injuries could range from minor bruising to more catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury or even amputation. Boating accident injuries may include:
Many people think of small boats when they hear about boating accidents. However, boating accidents could happen on any type of vessel, including:
Not all boating accidents happen while you are on the boat. Accidents may happen at the dock or marina, whether you are getting a boat ready or boarding a cruise boat. It’s easy to trip over a rope or to slip on a wet dock. If people are fishing on the dock, you could get caught up in their fishing gear.
Deck and marina accidents may include slip and falls, drowning or other actions that could lead to serious injuries or even death.
If you were injured in a Charleston boating accident or you lost a loved one in a boating accident, contact Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 for a free consultation and to learn more about your rights.
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