In the summertime it is quite popular for Michigan residents to take their boat out on the lake or spend the day on the boat. However, even though boating can consist of a day of fun, time and again boat operators have too much to drink and cause accidents on the water. Often time’s the victims of these drunk boat accidents are innocent individuals either riding on the boat being operated by drunk boater, or an innocent party nearby swimming, boating, jet skiing, or out on any other watercraft out on the lake.
Boating While Intoxicated and Boat Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is in fact the leading cause of fatal boat accidents. In fact, boating while intoxicated is listed as the cause of 16% of wrongful death water accidents.
Victims who survive from drunk boating accidents can still suffer serious, even catastrophic injuries. In fact, non-fatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
There are many different watercrafts or vessels out on the water, however the most common ones involved in boat accidents are:
- Personal Watercrafts
- Cabin Motorboats
Prevent Drunk Boating Accident
As a resource, our personal injury attorneys are providing some safety tips tailored by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to help prevent boaters from operating while intoxicated. The tips are provided below.
- Take along a variety of cool drinks, such as sodas, water, iced tea, lemonade or non-alcoholic beer.
- Bring plenty of food and snacks.
- Wear clothes that will help keep you and your passengers cool.
- Plan to limit your trip to a reasonable time to avoid fatigue. Remember that it's common to become tired more quickly on the water.
- If you want to make alcohol part of your day's entertainment, plan to have a party ashore at the dock, in a picnic area, at a boating club, or in your backyard…. Choose a location where you'll have time between the fun and getting back into your car or boat.
- If you dock somewhere for lunch or dinner and drink alcohol with your meal, wait a reasonable time (estimated at a minimum of an hour per drink) before operating your boat.
- Having no alcohol while aboard is the safest way to enjoy the water — intoxicated passengers are also at risk of injury and falls overboard.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Drunk Boating Drowning Cases
We will represent you for your drowning injuries in your Michigan drunk boating accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Drunk Boating Drowning Accident Lawyer
For more information on your rights after a drunk boating accident in Michigan, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of the best drowning injury lawyers for your boat accident case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!