Charlotte Boating Accident Lawyer
Charlotte’s residents are just a few hours away from North Carolina’s gorgeous coastline, which opens onto the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, the state is dotted with pristine lakes and rivers, such as Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie, and the Catawba River. This makes North Carolina a prime destination for boating and swimming – but on the other hand, it also creates opportunities for boating accidents, especially when boat operators are intoxicated or inexperienced.
If you were injured in a water accident near Charlotte, the boating accident lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can fight to recover compensation. We understand that dealing with a complex legal system is the last task you want to take on while you are recovering from a serious injury. That is why our attorneys will handle dealing with insurers, gathering and preserving evidence, preparing your injury claim, and keeping you informed of your legal rights and options at every step of the process. For a free consultation about filing a boating accident claim in North Carolina, contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt online, or call (704) 377-3737 today.
NC Boating Accident Statistics
Every year, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) publishes a report on boating accidents and fatalities. According to the 2016 report, there were 147 boat accidents in North Carolina that year, down slightly from 166 in 2015. However, while the total number of accidents decreased, the number of fatal accidents climbed. In 2015, 21 out of 166 accidents were fatal (12.7%), while in 2016, 22 out of 147 accidents were fatal (15%).
Of all the counties in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County had one of the highest boating accident figures, accounting for 12 of the documented crashes. In most counties, this number was 0 or in the single digits. Two of the 12 crashes (16.7%) involved alcohol, which – as these statistics illustrate – is often a factor when boating accidents occur. Just as it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is also unlawful to operate a boat while intoxicated. When boaters ignore these laws, the risk of a high-speed collision increases.
Boat Injury Lawsuits, Settlements, and Compensation
Boating injury victims can feel lost and overwhelmed when an accident occurs. While most people are somewhat familiar with the insurance requirements around auto accidents, boating accident claims are controlled by their own unique and highly specialized set of facts.
If you were injured in a boating accident, it is crucial to choose an attorney who has the appropriate experience and qualifications to handle your claim effectively. At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., we are well-versed in accident liability laws, and understand how to help the victims of serious boat accidents recover compensation for their injuries.
If we handle your claim, we will immediately start working to preserve key evidence. We can also obtain medical records, photograph and analyze the wreckage, and work to locate any witnesses who might have seen your vessels collide.
Throughout the process, we will prioritize maximizing your recovery. Medical bills are the last issue you should have to worry about when you are coping with serious injuries, and we will negotiate aggressively for a fair settlement. We may be able to recover compensation for:
- Lost wages and income, including reductions to your future earning capacity
- Medical treatment costs, including anticipated medical expenses, such as hospitalization, surgery, medication, doctor appointments, rehabilitative care, prosthetics, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, and transportation to and from medical facilities
- Pain and suffering caused by your injuries
When a boating accident is fatal, the victim’s surviving loved ones may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death claims allow claimants to seek similar damages, in addition to funeral and burial costs. Wrongful death cases also allow plaintiffs to recover compensation for the lost financial value of the services and support the victim provided.
Charlotte Boating Accident Attorneys Can Help
You are already coping with pain, loss, and anxiety about the future. You should not have to cope with the financial burden of getting medical care – especially not when another person was responsible for your injuries. The experienced boating accident lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can help you fight for justice, pursuing the accountability and compensation you deserve.
We provide assistance with a wide range of boat accident claims in the Charlotte, NC region. Types of injury claims we handle include bone fractures, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries (SCI), back injuries, cuts and bruises, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, and soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash. If you or your spouse was on a boat that was hit by another vessel, or was struck by a boat while swimming or surfing, the attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. may be able to file a claim on your behalf. For a free consultation, contact us online, or call (704) 377-3737.