If you or a loved one should ever become the victim of a jet ski or boating accident near Rock Hill, South Carolina, Auger & Auger is here to help. Bringing our decades of personal injury legal advocacy to the Carolinas, we want you to know that every watercraft operator in South Carolina is held to the same legal standard.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) website is a great resource for boating regulations, fees, licenses, online forms, research, environmental programs, statewide boat ramp details, and even upcoming boating education courses near you. Become familiar with your region’s regulations and know your rights and responsibilities before venturing out into public waterways.
Whether you’re drifting on the water, with a gentle breeze at your back, or making figure 8’s with your jet ski in a quiet cove — you cannot lose sight of the fact that you are sharing these waterways with other people. Just like you, they deserve the respect and conscientious command of any vessel operating in the area.
Rock Hill residents and visitors alike share popular Lake Wylie with neighboring North Carolina. This 12,455-acre reservoir with 325 miles of shoreline is well-known for summer recreational sports. However, such an idyllic setting can also lend itself to an incautious state of mind — not ideal when sharing such a large body of water with a plethora of boating and recreational watercraft.
According to the following 2017 U.S. Coast Guard data, South Carolina’s annual total of recreational boating accidents has increased almost every year since 2013. The fact that there were 50% fewer fatal accidents in 2017 than 2013 would seem to indicate that safety programs and public cooperation are making a difference. Unfortunately, this conviction skews the reality of the situation.
Though 2017’s fatalities were less than 50% of those in 2013, there is not a continuously decreasing progression with these numbers. More importantly, what’s missing from the big picture is the number of watercraft collisions which caused serious injury, trauma, and disability; which cannot be dismissed from the equation just because they did not result in death.
Until the advent of the railroad in the 1830s, South Carolina’s canals and waterways led the entire country in infrastructure improvements. The Palmetto State developed a system connecting more than 2,000 miles of rivers, lakes, and canals with the Atlantic coast and the Port of Charleston.
Small wonder that in 2016, South Carolina would have the 10th largest inventory of recreational boats in the United States, totaling 383,971. All told, the top 10 states account for 52% (6.8 million) of all registered boats in the U.S.
It’s important to know you have a firm dedicated to fighting for your rights. If you or a loved one are ever injured in a boating or jet ski accident that can be attributed to an impaired operation, negligence, or error, our Rock Hill boating accident attorney is ready to pursue a case for you.
Auger & Auger is a dedicated group, fervently dedicated to seeing our clients compensated for their medical expenses, financial losses, as well as pain and suffering. This being said, the investigation should always begin immediately so that the necessary evidence to prove your case can be duly gathered.
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