The state of North Carolina is home to a lot of areas for boating enthusiasts. However, that also means there is a greater chance of boating accidents. Bill Corbett Law can help settle your boating accident claim and make sure you are compensated for your injuries, pain and suffering, as well as any lost wages you may incur.
North Carolina requires that all boating accidents on public waters be reported to the state Wildlife Resources Commission. It should also be noted that every boat operator under the age of 26 must have completed a certified boat safety and education course. These are just a couple of the specifics that need to be addressed in the event of a boating accident. There are even more specifics that go into each boat accident case.
Boat accidents occur when two boats collide, but some are the result of a boater crashing into a dock or stationary object. It could also involve a boat collision with a swimmer or someone operating a wave runner or jet ski. There are many different scenarios and many people that can be impacted by a boating accident. At the Law Office of William T. Corbett, we represent all individuals involved in boating accidents.
In North Carolina, punitive damages are intended to be a form of punishment for a wrongdoer who committed an egregious act. This applies to those injured in a boating accident. Many boating accidents are caused by driver intoxication or negligence and there are consequences for those who are guilty of this offense. This would require them to pay punitive damages to those who were injured by their actions. At the Law Office of William T. Corbett, we conduct thorough boat accident investigation so that we can award our clients the highest amount of punitive damages possible. That includes the following:
- Looking into the past record and history of the boat operator
- Locating any video footage of the accident
- Seeking out expert opinions in incidents of negligence
Boat accident liability
Those who operate boats can be held liable for any injuries they cause. Boat accidents are more common than many people realize and can lead to serious and long-term injuries. Here is a look at many of the reasons that lead to boat accidents in Mooresville, NC and the nearby communities.
- Operating a boat while intoxicated
- Moving at high speeds
- Boating during unfavorable weather
- Inadequate boat maintenance
- Extremely sharp turns
- Boating with limited visibility
- Speeding in an area designated “no-wake”
- Reckless boating
- Breaking laws set for boat operators