Boat Accidents

Here in the Lowcountry, we are lucky to have access to some of the most beautiful waterways on the East Coast. Every weekend the creeks, rivers, lakes and harbors are flooded with recreational boaters, both skilled and unskilled. This is a recipe for disaster, especially when alcohol is involved. An estimated one-third of all boating fatalities are alcohol related.

Many, if not most, boating accidents occur because “weekend captains” underestimate the dangers of boats as compared to cars. The majority of boating accidents occur because of negligence and can result in serious, if not deadly, boating accident injuries.

There are many different types of boating accidents that can occur, including sailing and personal watercraft accidents, during recreational activity. Also, boating accidents occur on a larger scale with cruise ships or accidents with commercial vessels of the type frequently found operating in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant port locations. We also handle work related injures to longshoremen, stevedores and other harbor workers.

No matter what type of boating accident is involved, an attorney familiar with handling personal injury cases arising from boating accidents can help recover any damages lost as a result of the boating accident.

In the event that a death has resulted from a boating accident, the survivors of that boating accident tragedy can file a wrongful death suit. A boating accident injury can result in high financial difficulties due to medical bills, treatment, and any boat and property damage created by the boating accident.

As with most negligence claims, there is statute of limitations for filing a boating accident case so it is important to contact a boating accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure a prompt investigation of your boating injury claim and to be certain that your rights are protected. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a personal or commercial watercraft, please contact The Mason Law Firm for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your claim.