I took in yet another boating accident case the other day. In many ways, it was a typical Finger Lakes boating accident that boating injury lawyers are bound to come across from time to time: Unbeknownst to the boat operator who had been drinking and was on his cell phone chatting, two of his passengers went for a swim. The boat operator then put the throttle in forward, and ran them over. The boat operator then felt the prop of his boat “snag” on what he assumed was seaweed. The trail of blood, and bodies, behind his boat alerted him to the real problem.
Not a pretty picture. And not pretty injuries. I’ll spare you the details. But here’s what you need to know so this same thing doesn’t happen to you or your boating buddies:
- Never drink and drive. Not in a car, not in a boat, not on a bike. Just don’t. The rules for alcohol blood levels, and the penalties, are the same for all motorized vehicles, including boats.