South Carolina ranked No. 7 in the United States for boat related accidents in 2014. In 2013 however, South Carolina were ranked number 4 in the United States for boating accident deaths. In Horry County alone, there were 24 boat accidents in 2014, resulting in 21 injuries and one death. Georgetown County had 9 accidents, 8 injuries, and 2 deaths. Likewise, Charleston County had 23 boating related accidents with 16 injuries and one death.
Accidents involving boats can be highly dangerous to passengers because of the lack of restraints and the water. Negligent boaters are often untrained on the water, fail to adequately provide life vests, or have consumed alcohol. In fact, three-quarters of boat related deaths could have been avoided if people wore life vests. Half of all deaths appear to be connected to the use of alcohol.
Injuries sustained in boating accidents are often severe and can result in death. Getting a South Carolina attorney to help you when a boat accident occurs is important because of the complexities associated with this area of law and the medical bills incurred. If you have been involved in a boating accident in Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, or Charleston, call Coastal Law today at (843) 488-5000 or fill out our online form to speak with an attorney today to discuss the boat accident.
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