Where there are boats, there are accidents
Charleston and the many inland lakes of South Carolina are boating communities.
The McKnight Law Firm represents persons seriously injured, and families, in wrongful death claims, arising from boat and personal watercraft accidents.
The skill and possibility of danger when out on the water varies based on factors related to the boat operator: from zero experience and intoxicated to very-experienced boat captains who are sober, and all points in between. Boat operators are easily distracted in boating situations, by persons and things inside and outside of the boat.
Accidents caused by distraction, alcohol
Unfortunately, alcohol and boating tend to go hand in hand. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a serious problem. A momentary distraction can seriously injure and kill people.
Propellers can sever the limbs and rip open the torsos of swimmers. Boats collide. Boats slam into docks in daytime and at night. Some boat operators rely too heavily on electronic navigation devices and run into objects underneath and on top of the water.
Literally, the boating environment is an ever changing environment, affected by tides, currents and human activities. The opportunities for serious accidents on boats are greater than most other activities.
Boating is a serious undertaking. Some persons do not respect boating and the dangers of the water as they should, and in consequence, people are injured and killed.
We evaluate accidents on the water, use expert insight
Just as in other contexts, Certified Accident Reconstruction experts are employed in appropriate cases to evaluate, document, and render opinions on what caused the accident and the extent of rule violations and negligence that has occurred by one or more parties.
Other experts, such as life care planners, vocational rehabilitation specialists, occupational rehabilitation specialists, forensic accountants and economists are employed in appropriate cases to evaluate the harms and losses suffered in wrongful death and other catastrophic injury cases arising out of incidences on and around the waters of South Carolina.
Let us review your situation to determine if you have a case.