Austin Boating Accident Attorney
There are over 600,000 boats registered in the state of Texas, and for many, boating is a relaxing hobby or a fun activity. It should never be forgotten, however, that failure to follow safety guidelines and risky behavior can lead to serious injury and even death.
Some of the causes of boating accidents include:
- Boating Under the Influence: Drunk driving is most commonly associated to car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, but each year countless injuries and deaths occur in the United States because of boat drivers who are intoxicated. Texas enforces the Boating While Intoxicated law, and any boat driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater will be arrested.
- Inexperienced Drivers: An amateur driver with little experience on the water does not know how to recognize potential dangers or respond to hazardous situations.
- Reckless Behavior: Drivers who operate boats at high speeds and perform daring maneuvers put their passengers and other boaters or swimmers in risk of danger. Such drivers are less likely to notice individuals swimming in the water, stationary objects in the way of their vessel, or boats converging into their paths.
Boating can be dangerous when drivers are negligent, and very serious damage can result. If you or someone you love was hurt because of an accident on the water, an Austin personal injury lawyer can fight for your rights.
Boating Under the Influence Accidents
Approximately one third of all recreational boating fatalities are connected to alcohol use. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, boating under the influence (BUI) is just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, the Coast Guard says that boat operators are likely to become impaired faster than motorists. Although the legal consequences for BUI include fines, serious jail sentences, and revocation of boating privileges, BUI remains a consistent threat to the well-being of innocent people across the United States.
Federal BUI laws pertain to all watercrafts – including canoes, rowboats, and other recreational vessels. Alcohol impairment affects your ability to make reasonable decisions, balance or coordinate body movement. BUI is dangerous because these functions (judgment, balance, coordination) are needed to safely operate even the smallest vessel. Motion, engine noise, vibration, wind and other environmental factors tend to heighten the operators impairment, making BUI even more dangerous than drunk driving in some situations.
How to Avoid BUI Accidents and Injuries
Boat operators can take steps to help avoid BUI-related accidents, injuries, and deaths. The U.S. Coast Guard Suggests bringing plenty of food and water on boating trips to avoid fatigue, dehydration, and other factors that could accelerate the effects of alcohol. Additionally, the Coast Guard encourages boat operators to consume cool drinks – such as iced tea, water, lemonade, soda, and non-alcoholic beer. Boat operators and passengers should always wear clothing that allows them to stay cool on the water and limit the amount of time they spend on the water. If you are planning a boating trip and want to consume alcohol, consider eating and drinking on the shore or dock before you operate the boat. Allow at least an hour for each alcoholic beverage that you consume before driving a car or operating a boat.
Find Relief From Boating Accident Injuries
Water accidents are disastrous and tragic, but you do not have to suffer in silence. Our firm is dedicated to representing Texans who have been injured or killed because of drowning or other injuries caused by the wrongful and negligent behavior of others. A boating accident can have painful, irreversible effects on everyday life, and those who caused personal injury or wrongful death in your family must be brought to justice. At Loewy Law Firm, we understand that oftentimes the damage is felt most severely long after the accident, when you are left with thousands of dollars in medical bills, missed wages, and sometimes the inability to live a normal life. You need an aggressive and skilled advocate who will stand for you before the court and fight for your right to compensation.
The strength and determination of Austin Attorney Loewy have been widely recognized across the state and by mainstream news outlets, and he can use these skills to speak for you. Mr. Loewy will give your case the personalized attention and detailed preparation necessary for success. Our Austin law firm works on a contingency fee basis, because we believe you should not have to pay if we do not win your case. Our lead attorney is a relentless and compassionate counselor who knows how difficult it can be for clients to pick up the pieces of their lives after being victimized by accidents. When you work with an associate from our team, you can be confident that the well-being of your family is of the utmost importance. Fight for your right to entitlement with the Loewy Law Firm!