Birmingham BWI Victim Lawyers
As is the case with driving a car, operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is a serious crime, and rightfully so, as it endangers the safety of anyone who is on or in the water near the impaired boat operator. A boat accident caused by an impaired boat operator is particularly dangerous because that person is unlikely to take normal evasive measures, and the lack of land creates a risk of drowning and complicates emergency response.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a drunk boater, take action to recover financial compensation for the damages that you have sustained. Contact the experienced Birmingham BWI victim lawyers of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., at 205-414-8160 to learn more about your options.
Dangers of Boating While Intoxicated
The dangers of boating while intoxicated are similar to the dangers of drunk driving, except they may be amplified. The intoxicated boater’s impairment is worsened by factors associated with the water and not found on the road. On the water, an operator’s impairment from drugs or alcohol can be made worse from:
- The motion of the water
- Lack of experience operating a boat
- The dehydrating and fatiguing effects of the sun
- Engine noise
- Water spray
If your property has been damaged, or if you have been injured by an intoxicated boater, contact the Birmingham BWI accident victim lawyers of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., at 205-414-8160 to discuss the steps you can take to hold the responsible party accountable for the harm that you have suffered.