Most people will associate a motor vehicle accident with an automobile crash. In South Carolina and other areas where people take to the water on boats, boat accidents are also a form of motor vehicle accident that can cause injuries just as if not more severe than motorcycle, car and truck accidents. Boaters can operate under the influence just like drivers can operate cars under the influence. With the number of people taking to the water, this is a concern. Those who were hurt or lost a loved one in a boat accident should consider their options to seek compensation in a legal filing.
Boaters killed in crash with allegedly drunk operator
A 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were killed when their boat was hit by another boat. The accident happened at approximately 9:45 p.m. One boat ran over the top of the second boat. According to the investigation, the drunk boater did not have his lights on at the time. One of the deceased people fell in the water and was later found. The other was found soon after the collision. Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. The 26-year-old male operator was arrested and charged with a felony BUI (boating under the influence) in addition to the citation for the lights.
Key aspects to consider after a fatal accident
Regardless of the type of accident that led to the injuries and fatalities, there are certain fundamental factors that must be considered. For those who were injured, their lives may be changed dramatically. They can face medical expenses that will cause financial turmoil. Surgical procedures and long-term damage can lead to them being unable to work or care for a family as they did before. They could need assistance, a new place to live and other costly changes. When there is a fatality, the family left behind must confront the emotional, personal and financial aftermath of an untimely death. Recovering compensation for all that was lost may be essential to move forward.
Experienced legal advice after a motor vehicle accident
In this accident, two people lost their lives because an allegedly drunk boater crashed into their boat. He was arrested. As the investigation proceeds, evidence will be needed to assist with a potential legal case. Consulting with concerned and experienced legal professionals who understand all aspect of motor vehicle accidents is a wise first step toward a successful legal case.