Boating Accident Essay
What If You Cause A Recreational Boating Accident?
If you have a recreational boating accident, you can be held liable for any damages caused by the accident. For example, if your passengers are injured, they can sue you for medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages just as someone could do if you caused a motor vehicle accident. Therefore, our boating accident attorneys highly recommend you purchase the maximum amount of boat liability insurance you can afford. Liability insurance is relatively cheap for the financial protection it offers a boat owner.
However, you can also be held criminally liable if you are breaking any laws at the time of the boating accident. For example, if you are drunk at the time of the …show more content…
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Boating Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs In Pennsylvania
Boating while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is a criminal offense in Pennsylvania. The same legal limit applies for boating as it does for operating a motor vehicle. If your blood alcohol limit (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, you can be charged and potentially convicted of boating while intoxicated.
A conviction of boating while intoxicated carries severe penalties in Pennsylvania. You can face a fine of $300 to $10,000; five years in jail; and, suspension of your boating privileges for one year. If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer or other chemical BAC test, your boating privileges can be suspended by the Fish and Boat Commission for up to 18