While boating in the summer can be a fun activity for the whole family, and it is essential that operators keep safety in mind at all times. Boating accidents often occur due to the negligence or recklessness of boat operators and can result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries. This article will discuss some of the laws in Connecticut regarding reckless boating and boating while intoxicated.
Connecticut laws designate specific boating behaviors as dangerous. Reckless operation of a boat involves the failure to exercise the reasonable care necessary to prevent the endangerment of another. Examples of reckless operating include weaving a boat through a congested area, swerving at the last second to avoid a collision, and jumping the wake of another boat.
Speeding is another unlawful behavior. It’s illegal to operate a boat at a speed that causes danger to others or to travel at a speed that does not allow you to stop safely within a clear distance ahead.
It’s also illegal to operate a boat at a speed greater than the “slow, no wake speed” within 100 feet of the shore, a pier or dock, or another a boat that’s anchored. Reduce your speed when passing fishing and swimming areas, marinas, and boats at anchor.
Connecticut law strictly prohibits boating while intoxicated. Boating while drunk is just as dangerous as drunk driving, if not more so. Boating under the influence (BUI) is operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both. Alcohol and drugs can result in loss of balance, poor coordination, blurred vision, slower reaction times, and impaired judgment.
Alcohol is a significant contributor to man boating accidents in Connecticut. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater is against the law in most jurisdictions. A BAC of 0.10 is associated with a tenfold increase in the risk of fatality from a boating accident. According to the Boat U.S. Foundation, the “stressors” associated with boating – including sun, wind, and motion – enhance the effects of alcohol, meaning the boat operator has increased impairment at any level of alcohol content.
Contact a Connecticut Boating Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been injured by a reckless, aggressive, or intoxicated boat operator in Connecticut, it is critical that you contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. You need a lawyer with experience with boating accidents who will defend your rights and recover the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today at (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.