Traumatic brain injuries suffered in a boating accident on the Waccamaw River in Conway, South Carolina (SC), took the life of a 34-year-old man on August 18, 2012. Two other passengers on the boat sustained serious injuries when the vessel ran into a stand of trees. One of the survivors required helicopter transport to a hospital.
The Carolina Boating Accidents Lawyers' Perspective
This is at least the second fatal boating accident in the Carolinas in less than three weeks. On August 4, a woman lost her life when the craft in which she was riding slammed into a concrete structure in the Cape Fear River just south of Wilmington, North Carolina (NC).
Authorities have not released a cause for the accident in Conway.
In many ways, staying safe on the water is similar to avoiding accidents on the highway. Boaters should stay sober, keep right, maintain a constant lookout, obey posted speed limits, wait for approaching vessels to pass before turning, and give obstacles wide berths. Again, we can't know if the person operating the boat in South Carolina or someone piloting another vessel in the area violated any of these rules of the road on the water, but investigators will have to consider each possibility.
Potentially Helpful Info
Even when a boat accident is not your fault, holding the individual or organization that caused the unsafe situation, injuries or deaths responsible can be difficult. That's why our Carolina personal injury website features a free, downloadable report that lays out the basics of the legal rights and options people have following accidents on the water.
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