2010 was a particularly deadly and dangerous year on South Carolina water ways. Charleston boat accident lawyers Howell Law have heard a great deal of chatter and read several newspaper reports of fatal boat accidents on Lake Murray, which is near our capital city in Columbia and also on the waterways in and around Charleston, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach. Our experienced South Carolina accident attorneys have been advising our clients, friends and family of the dangers that can occur while boating for years. Boating is fun but it is always a good idea to be aware of how serious injuries happen when riding on the waterways of our state.
We came across news of another fatal boat accident in Guilford where a 25 year old man was driving a boat and allegedly crashed into seawall, killing one man and seriously injuring another. The driver allegedly was drunk and had four times the legal limit of alcohol in his body authorities say. In addition to being sued in civil court, the driver was also criminally charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, assault and reckless operation of a boat while being on drugs and/or drunk. The boat involved in the accident was owned by the driver’s father who has moved before the Court to be relieved from any and all liabilty regarding the crash. As for the civil lawsuits against the alleged drunk driver, the families of the dead and injured are alleging the operator of the vessel was reckless and negligent in that he was allegedly intoxicated and also because he failed to keep a proper look out for the seawall.
The deceased man in the accident died from severe injuries to his head including a fractured skull and excessive bleeding on his brain. The victim that survived the crash also suffered a traumatic brain injury, in addition to several other serious injuries, and is reportedly having significant problems with concentration, memory loss and attention.
As anyone case see from just this one boat accident, it is important to pay attention and be aware when riding on the water. Noone should get on a boat with an driver that has been drinking and we should all be on the lookout for other boats knowing that many of the drivers out there have been drinking excessively.
Source: New Haven Register – Fatal Guilford boat crash spurs 3rd lawsuit, September 8, 2010