Can a boater cause a DUI crash? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A boat operator or personal watercraft rider can absolutely cause a DUI crash. Both Virginia and North Carolina have enacted BWI, or boating while intoxicated, laws that set a blood alcohol limit of .08 for boaters older than 21. Also, boaters are not supposed to have open containers of alcohol or illegal drugs while underway, and boaters younger than 21 are not allowed to drink even on boats tied up to docks.

When a drunk or stoned boater causes a crash, he or she can face arrest and insurance claims or lawsuits for injuries and property damage. A personal injury lawyer will work hard to hold a DUI boater financially accountable for the harm he or she inflicts.