Boating Accident Attorney in Charleston4401 Belle Oaks Drive, Suite 300
North Charleston, SC 29405
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Charleston Boating Accident Attorney
Negligence is usually the only thing that stands between a boat and a fun trip in the water. A simple case of negligence can lead to devastating consequences. We're talking about serious injuries or even deaths. These cases are not new, though; about 658 people died due to boating accidents in the US in 2021 alone. Here in South Carolina, there were 146 boating accidents and 15 fatalities in 2019, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. If you or someone you love has been involved in a boating accident, tell us about your case. A Charleston boating accident lawyer can help fight for the compensation you might be owed.
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What Are My Legal Options After a Boating Accident?
Filing a personal injury claim is usually the first option. This process begins with determining who is at fault for the accident—be it the boat operator, owner, a manufacturing company, or another party. Collecting evidence such as witness statements, medical reports, and accident details is a key part of the process. Once liability is established, you can seek compensation for your injuries. If the other party refuses to cooperate, going to court could be the second option. Here, your attorney will present your case before a judge and jury.
How Is Liability for a Boating Accident Determined?
Speaking of liability, the first step involves investigating whether the boat operator acted negligently. For instance, we'll look at whether they operated the boat while intoxicated or failed to follow maritime laws.
The condition of the boat is also another factor. Did they conduct proper maintenance? Did the boat have the correct safety equipment?
The answers to these questions can help point to the liable party. Also, the manufacturer might be liable if a boat defect contributed to the accident.
What Damages Am I Entitled To After a Boating Accident?
Plaintiffs in boating accident cases, upon winning their claims, can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and repair or replacement costs. In the event of a fatality, the family of the deceased can pursue wrongful death damages, which include funeral and burial expenses and compensation for loss of companionship.
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We know how challenging boat accident cases can be. State and federal laws, coupled with insurance companies' tactics, can block your path to compensation. This mostly happens in cases where legal professionals are not involved.
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