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The questions on this page were answered by our team of lawyers. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car wrecks, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.

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  • What Are the State Rules About Jet Skis?

    North Carolina law does not allow anyone under 14 to operate a jet ski, wave runner or another type of personal watercraft. A person 14 or older may use such a watercraft if they graduate from a boat safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, or are with a person 18 or older. 

  • Which Safety Devices Must Be On All Recreational Boats in North Carolina?

    State boating laws mandate that all boats used for recreation must include a personal flotation device for every person aboard. Boats 16+ feet in length must have a throwable Type 4 personal flotation device aboard. All of those 12 or younger must wear a life jacket when the boat is moving. Boats at night must have display lights illuminated from sunset to sunrise. 

  • What Are Common Reasons for North Carolina Boating Accidents?

    Many factors can lead to a serious or fatal boating accident. No one should ever operate a watercraft or boat in a manner that is a danger to others. According to a US Coast Guard study, the five leading causes for boating accidents are: 
    • Operator inattention
    • Careless or reckless operation
    • Speeding
    • Alcohol or drug-impaired operator
    • Inappropriate behavior or passenger or skier

  • What types of boats are typically involved in North Carolina boating accidents?

    In many instances, powerboats such as cabin cruisers are involved in serious North Carolina boating wrecks. Another frequent source of personal watercraft accidents involve jet skis, wave-runners and sea-doos. You can file a claim and pursue damages no matter what type of personal watercraft or powerboat was involved in your accident.   

  • Can the driver of a boat who acts recklessly/negligently be held liable for causing the boating accident?

    Yes, North Carolina boating laws require safe operation of the boat and are designed to keep people safe. If the boat captain violates these laws, they could be held liable for any injuries or loss of life that results in an accident.

  • What is the statute of limitations for a North Carolina boating accident?

    The answer to this question depends entirely on where the boat accident occurred and whether it is subject to Federal Maritime law or state laws. The statute of limitations for non-death personal injury in North Carolina is three years.  

  • Should I contact an injury lawyer if I have been hurt in a boating accident?

    A North Carolina boat accident injury lawyer can analyze the facts, but can also preserve evidence that may be critical to determining why the boating accident occurred.  

  • When do I need to report a boating accident?

    An accident or loss of life needs to be reported to the proper authority if any of the following occurs:
    1. Someone dies in the boat accident
    2. A person disappears under circumstances that indicate death or injury
    3. Damage to the boat and property exceeds $500
    4. Complete loss of the boat
    5. A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid