If you’ve been involved in an incident, hiring an attorney may be advisable in certain situations. Here is some information that may help you with a boat accident in South Carolina. It’s important to consult with a legal professional for advice tailored to your specific situation.

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US Law and South Carolina

Boating Accident Injuries or Fatalities

If the incident was serious, and resulted in harm or death, it’s crucial to seek legal advice. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of seeking remuneration for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Here are some factors to consider:

Property Damage

If there was significant damage to your boat or other property, an attorney can help you pursue compensation for repair or replacement costs.

Boating Insurance Issues

Dealing with insurance companies can be complex, and insurance policies may cover (or not cover) different things. An attorney can help you navigate the claims process, ensuring that you receive fair recompense.

Liability Disputes

If there are disputes about who is at fault for what happened, an attorney can investigate the circumstances, gather evidence, and build a case on your behalf.

Legal Compliance

Boating accidents may involve various state and federal laws. A knowledgeable attorney can help you understand and navigate these legal requirements.

Negotiating with the Other Party

If someone else is at fault and you are seeking compensation, having an attorney can be beneficial in negotiations. They can represent your interests and work to achieve a fair settlement.

Statute of Limitations

Keep in mind that there are time considerations for filing personal injury or property damage claims. Consulting with an attorney promptly can help ensure that you meet these deadlines.

What Boat Accident Laws are Specific to South Carolina?

In SC, they are generally governed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and federal regulations.

Key points include:

Reporting Accidents

Boating incidents resulting in death, disappearance, injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, or property damage exceeding $500 must be reported to the SCDNR within 10 days.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

South Carolina, like many other states, prohibits having alcohol or drugs in your system whilst in control of a vessel. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while operating a boat is 0.08%. More on BUI in SC.

Boating Education Requirements

South Carolina law requires certain individuals to complete a boater education course before operating one. This includes individuals born after June 30, 1996, who wish to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) or a vessel with a 15 horsepower or greater motor.

Life Jackets

They are required for each person on board a vessel and must be properly fitting. South Carolina law specifies when life jackets must be worn.

Reckless Operation

Boaters are prohibited from operating a vessel in a reckless manner. This includes actions such as weaving through congested traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel too closely, or operating at speeds that may endanger others.

It’s essential to check the most recent South Carolina boating laws and regulations for any updates or changes.

You can visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website or consult with our legal professionals specializing in maritime law for the latest information specific to your situation.

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The majority of boat accidents are linked to the operator's attitude and skills: such as inattention, inexperience or improper conduct.

Where do the Majority of Boat Accidents happen in SC?

We live in an amazing state, with inland lakes, a fabulous coastline, and weather that lends itself to a maritime culture. Therefore it is inevitable that boating accidents will occur, and some will result in injuries, and sadly some will be fatal.

These statistics are for South Carolina, and taken from The Department of Natural Resources website, therefore because of the Freedom of Information Act, these are the latest statistics, and we have highlighted South Carolina counties with 5 or more accidents (Horry county includes Myrtle Beach).

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Boating accidents involve many floating devices such as bananas, canoes, dinghies, kayaks, jetskis and more.
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In South Carolina, most of the boat accidents take place in Charleston or in Horry.

Statistics can be of help to know where to take extra safety precautions, but they can also be misleading because there are more vessels in some areas, and more congestion of our waterways as a result.

Boat Accidents in Charleston

Statistics show that there are many boat accidents in Charleston, but this can be misleading. Obviously that will be the case because there are many recreational vessels in the area, and it is a great place to enjoy what the coast can give you. Our office in Charleston deals with many claims and we are very experienced in legal issues around the water.

Boat Accidents in Myrtle Beach

This is another place where you can enjoy the North Atlantic coastline, and with so many visitors to the area boat accidents in Myrtle Beach are inevitable. Whether you live in South Carolina or not, you should be advised to contact a local boating accident attorney who knows the South Carolina laws.

What is the Primary Contributing Factor of All Accidents and Casualties?

According to the US Coast Guard 2022 Recreational Boating Statistics, these are some of the headline numbers in the USA in 2022.

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Alcohol intake is "The" major cause of boating accident fatalities on South Carolina waterways.

We are a law firm, not statisticians, so please draw your own conclusions to these figures. However, what we do know is that injuries from any accident can be life changing, and therefore they need careful attention, and will require professional advice.

Boat Accident Attorney

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If there is an accident or injuries, calling a boat accident attorney can prove crucial.

Before deciding if you need to hire a lawyer, it’s advisable to schedule a free consultation with a legal professional attorney. They can provide personalized advice based on the specific details of your case.

Whether you are a victim seeking compensation or facing legal complexities as a boat owner, our experienced team of attorneys is here to guide you through the legal process with compassion, dedication, and a commitment to securing the best possible outcome for your case.

Learn more about what a Boat Accident Attorney can do for you, and contact us with any questions.

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