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Boating While Intoxicated Lawyers

Like driving while intoxicated, drunk boating is dangerous and potentially deadly, putting those onboard the boat as well as others nearby in harm’s way. Reckless, inebriated boat operators may not be able to react in time to avoid boating accidents, leading to devastating injuries due to the risk of both blunt force trauma and drowning. However, although boating under the influence is a criminal offense, those injured because of intoxicated boaters also have the option of seeking compensation for their damages through civil lawsuits.

Hazards of Drunk Boating

The effect of alcohol on a person’s brain can leave an individual incapable of safely operating a boat. Attempting to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may result in following accidents:

  • Striking swimmers in the water
  • Colliding with another watercraft
  • Colliding with an object in the water
  • Throwing passengers from the boat
  • Running the boat into a dock or onto the shore

Intoxication lowers people’s reaction time, lessens their motor control, and reduces their ability to pay attention to important matters. Fortunately, people injured because of a boat operator’s impairment are legally entitled to fight for compensation for their damages.


At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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