It happens all the time, not just in Alabama but throughout the nation, that people think operating their boat under the influence of alcohol is acceptable. The fact is, boating after consuming alcoholic beverages can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and boating accidents can leave people in the hospital just as easily as auto accidents.
On July 10, 2009, three young girls, ages 10, 10, and 11, were being pulled on a water tube by the father of one of them. The father had been drinking and thought that he could safely maneuver his boat and the girls past some sharp rocks.
He was wrong, and when he made a sharp turn, the girls were thrown off the water tube and onto the rocks. All three of them suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to a local hospital for surgery.
Officers investigating the boating accident have charged the man with Boating Under the Influence. Although the young girls are expected to fully recover from their injuries, they will have scars and their families will be left with the burden of their medical costs and physical therapy.
If your child has been injured in a boating accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation. Please contact the experienced boating accident lawyers at Long & Long in Mobile, Alabama to schedule your free case evaluation.