The beautiful waterways and gorgeous Greenville weather lure residents and visitors alike outdoors to enjoy the many activities available. Active water sports are a favorite, but things can go very wrong when operators lack experience, maneuver their vessels recklessly, fail to follow the rules of the water, or mingle alcohol with the handling of a boat or jet ski.
Auger & Auger recognizes that every person who operates a watercraft in Greenville is held to the same legal standard, and it should go without saying that no one is above the law. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or jet ski accident that can be attributed to the impaired operation, negligence, or error, our Greenville boating accident attorney is ready to fight for your rights. You deserve to be compensated for your financial losses, medical expenses and pain, and suffering — but the investigation needs to begin immediately in order to gather the evidence necessary to prove your case.
A 2017 statistics report on boating statistics by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, shows that alcohol was the 5th most common cause of boating accidents in South Carolina. These incidents led to 102 deaths and 227 injuries. Alcohol was the primary contributing factor in fatalities.
While it’s easy to blame intoxication for accidents on the water, it’s not the only cause. More common risky behaviors include operator inattention, improper lookout, and operator inexperience. All of these risk factors have a presumption of some type of negligence. This lack of attention to the safe operation may be even more dangerous when operating a jet ski due to the size of the craft compared to others on the water.
When a person operates a boat or jet ski in a reckless or negligent manner, due to inexperience or a lack of training, they are putting everyone at risk, including other operators, passengers, water skiers, people being pulled on tubes, and sometimes even people on shore. Even though operating any type of watercraft in South Carolina is a serious responsibility, the restrictions are fairly lax:
Our Greenville boating accident attorney is your advocate. We represent victims of boating accidents in cases where the negligent party was intoxicated, inattentive, inexperienced, or failed to follow the law. During your no-cost case evaluation, Auger & Auger will review the details to determine your best course of action.
Ideally, we would like to send out our team to the accident location, so we are able to document every detail of the accident and determine the best courses of action. Don’t let money worries stop you — our zero-fee guarantee means you won’t pay for our services until we win your case.
Call (864) 991-3532 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!