As the temperatures continue to slowly climb into the high 90's and triple digits, the lake sounds more and more like the perfect getaway with the family. There's nothing kids love more than to go out on the boat, wakeboard, and tube. The only issue with this seemingly relaxing image is the fact that there are adults who don't understand that drinking and boating isn't allowed.
I would assume that every single driver on the road knows that drinking and driving is against the law, but how many people know the consequences of boating and driving? It is absolutely equally as deadly as a drunk driving wreck, but does not get nearly enough attention due to its seasonality. When it comes to the Fourth of July and even just the weekends here in Texas, you can bet that there is a large number of drunk boat drivers.
As a parent, it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable when I hear about people drinking on the lake. I have no problem if passengers (21 and over) drink, but I draw the line when the driver begins to make poor decisions and joins in. There can be hundreds of innocent people out on a lake on any given weekend, and they are being put at risk when a negligent driver decides to defy the law.
There have been way too many boating accidents involving drunk drivers in the past few years. You may not think it will happen to you or a loved one, but the chance is always there. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being seriously injured in a boating accident at the hands of an intoxicated driver, you can make an injury claim.
As with a drunk driving accident, a claim can be made against the liable party's insurance in order to compensate for the injuries that you or a loved one have faced. If the driver is also the owner of the boat, you can make a claim against their boat insurance if they have it. If they don't, you can make a claim against their homeowner's insurance.
If the person driving the boat was not the owner but was still intoxicated, it is possible to make a claim against both the owner of the boat and the driver. The owner of the boat was negligent in allowing an intoxicated person to drive his or her boat, which makes them partially responsible for any of your injuries.
Drinking and boating may seem like it's all fun and games, but hundreds of people are seriously injured or killed every year by this negligence. As always, it's important to stay away from any boats that seem to have an irresponsible driver, as well as making sure that everyone in your boat is wearing a life jacket. They make look silly, but they can save lives if a drunk driver hits you and ejects passengers from your boat.
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