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Many Alabma boating accidents are alcohol-related

Summer is a popular time of year for sports and recreation on Alabama waterways. Many residents and visitors enjoy boating as a pastime. Unfortunately, just as negligent or reckless driving leads to many automobile accidents on the busy highways of the state, boating accidents are often caused by similar acts of negligence. Many waterway tragedies are alcohol-related, and anyone who has suffered serious injuries or the loss of a loved one in such an incident will want to know where to turn for guidance should it be needed to file an injury claim in court.

Statistics suggest that more than half of all boat accidents involve drugs and/or alcohol. Some reports claim that incidents of boating fatalities have significantly risen in recent times. Whether one was aboard a small fishing boat, private yacht or commercial cruise liner, if an injury took place that is believed to have been caused by another person's negligence, there may be grounds for filing a personal injury claim in a civil court to seek recovery of one's losses.

Laws and regulations governing waterway accidents differ from those involving motor vehicle crashes. For instance, when cars collide, it is typically the responding law enforcement officer who documents the situation and reports the collision. Where boaters are concerned, a vessel operator is usually responsible for reporting a crash on the water. Each state has its own boating authority; therefore, one would need to clarify the appropriate steps for filing a report in one's own area.

A personal injury attorney would be able to assist anyone seeking information regarding boating accidents in Alabama. An experienced lawyer would also be able to review the details of an accident to help identify possible sources of liability. He or she would also be prepared to help determine the maximum amount of compensation to which one may be entitled in a successfully litigated claim.

Source: Findlaw, "Boating Under the Influence Basics", Accessed on Aug. 4, 2016

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