If you’re a passenger on a boat and the driver is intoxicated, can you make a claim if you sustain injuries from an accident?

When Passengers Are Injured Because of Intoxicated Boaters

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Your neighbor invited you to take a ride on his boat on the Sound one sunny day. You haven’t known him very long, but you wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. He said a few of his friends were also coming and promised a lot of fun.
A few hours later, you found yourself in an awkward situation. You noticed your driver was becoming intoxicated. He’d been sipping on beer all day long, and, when you returned to the marina, he was unable to control the boat and crashed into the dock, sending passengers flying.  Although you were able to walk away, your neck was injured.

Can You Sue the Boater for Damages?

You went to the emergency room at Swedish Hospital and found that you suffered from whiplash. Now you’re facing medical bills from testing, treatments, and doctor’s visits. You may be able to make a claim against the driver of the boat if he was found liable for the accident. Washington has a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law which is similar to a DUI. If the driver of the boat was found guilty of BUI, you could recover damages through the following avenues:

  • Homeowners’ insurance. If the boat is covered under a homeowners’ insurance policy, you can make a claim against that company for damages related to your injuries.
  • Additional coverage. If the boat owner or boater has a second type of  insurance that covers liability, you can also attempt to sue that policy to cover any gaps the homeowners’ insurance does not cover.

We Want to Fight for Your Rights

The Andrew Kim Law Firm doesn’t think it’s fair that you have to pay for the medical bills that are the result of someone else’s negligence. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve to help pay for treatments and time lost from work. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation, and visit our testimonials page to see comments from our clients.

Category: Boat and Watercraft Accidents


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