Many people spend time boating, skiing and fishing on North Carolina’s lakes such as Lake Norman and on the coastal waterways. But it only takes one irresponsible or impaired boater to disrupt your day on the water and cause a serious boating accident resulting in injuries or drowning. If you or your loved one has been injured by another boater’s carelessness or disregard for safety, you may be entitled to seek compensation to cover your losses. Boat owners and operators in North Carolina must make sure their recreational vessel is in working order and contains proper safety equipment. They must observe navigational rules and operate the watercraft in a responsible manner. The failure to do so may constitute negligent conduct.
The personal injury attorney at the Law Office of William T Corbett, Jr., P.L.L.understands how overwhelming a serious boating accident can be. You may have many questions and be unsure where to turn for help. We are dedicated to representing people injured in boating accidents caused by other boaters’ negligence in the Mooresville, Lake Norman areas and across North Carolina. We offered trusted legal guidance based on a detailed understanding of North Carolina boating laws and personal injury law. Contact the Law Office of William T Corbett, Jr., P.L.L.C. to speak with us about your boating accident and receive an explanation of your legal rights.
Whether you are on a lake near Mooresville or the inland waters near Wilmington, you have certain legal requirements and legal rights if you are operating a boat that is involved in a boating accident.
You should contact an experienced boat accident lawyer to discuss your legal options if you or your loved one was injured in an accident caused by another’s fault.
For example, if another boater who caused a boat collision was charged with boating while impaired, that boat operator will face criminal prosecution. But a criminal conviction of a boater who caused an accident will not provide any compensation to cover your medical bills or replace lost income if you are unable to work. You will need to pursue a separate civil lawsuit against the responsible parties, seeking compensation for your losses.
Many different factors can cause a boating accident. No one should operate a motorboat or other boat in a negligent manner that endangers others. A study by the U.S. Coast Guard identified five leading reasons for boating accidents.
Under North Carolina boating laws, all recreational boats must have a personal flotation device for each person aboard and boats 16 feet in length or longer must also have one throwable type IV personal floatation device. All children 12 years and younger are required to wear a life jacket when the boat is underway unless the child is in an enclosed cabin.
Boats operating at night are required to display lights between sunset and sunrise.
North Carolina law prohibits anyone under age 14 from operating a jet ski, wave runner or other personal watercraft. A young person who is at least 14 years old may operate a personal watercraft if they have completed a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or are accompanied by a person at least 18. Allowing someone who is underage or inexperienced to operate a boat is unlawful and may be a breach of the boat owner’s duty to operate safely.
The laws applying to boating accidents are complex. If someone has been injured or a loved one has died in a Mooresville area boating accident, contact an experienced attorney. Law Office of William T Corbett, Jr., P.L.L.C. represents personal injury and accident victims throughout North Carolina. Contact us today.