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Alcohol a common factor in boating accidents

Spending time out on the water is a way of life for many Rhode Island residents, and doing so can be a great way to kick back, relax and escape from your day-to-day responsibilities. A laid-back excursion with friends and family can quickly turn deadly, however, if others out on the waterways fail to behave responsibly. At Karns Law Group, we understand that alcohol is frequently a factor in today’s boating accidents, and we have helped many people who suffered injury on the water because of someone else’s actions pursue appropriate recourse.

According to the American Boating Association, alcohol is a factor in more than 30 percent of today’s boating accidents, and the number of alcohol-involved boat accidents occurring in the nation each year is on the rise. However, despite playing a role in so many accidents, injuries and fatalities, the problem persists. Some believe that this may be due in part to the longstanding – and highly dangerous – notion that drinking and boating go together, a view sometimes glamorized by depictions of the “yachting” lifestyles of society’s upper echelon on TV and in the movies.

So, what can you do to help enhance safety on Rhode Island’s waterways? Designating a sober operator every time you hit the water can cut your risk of an on-the-water accident considerably. Statistics show that boat operators who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 or higher are 10 times more likely to die in a boat accident than sober operators. While drunk boat operators endanger themselves, they also inevitably endanger everyone else in their own boats and the boats of others.

While designating a sober boat operator can help you and your party avoid contributing to the larger drinking and boating problem, there is only so much you can do when others behave recklessly. Find more about boat accidents on our web page.

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