Boating accidents occur quite frequently and are often the result of someone’s negligence. While many people tend to focus on maritime accidents that occur onboard larger commercial vessels, accidents involving pleasure crafts can be just as serious. Although victims involved in boating accidents are entitled to seek legal help, unfortunately, criminal proceedings to determine whether the boater or another person was responsible for the incident sometimes take quite a while to resolve. The victims of one boater’s negligence will still have to wait for justice as authorities continue to investigate the accident. The boater admitted to operating while under the influence, but the six people he injured are still awaiting a verdict.
Maryland Del. Don Dwyer admitted he was drunk when he was piloting a speed boat last summer on the Magothy River, resulting in a collision that left six people seriously injured. While the boating accident took place on Aug. 22, witness interviews and toxicology screens are still incomplete. Authorities continue to piece together evidence in the two-vessel crash that sent Dwyer, another adult and four children to the hospital. Dwyer admitted that he had been drinking and told the press his blood-alcohol level was 0.2 percent, over twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
While it may seem obvious to the public that the cause of the crash was due to Dwyer’s intoxication, Sgt. Brian Albert of the Department of Natural Resources Police said investigators have still not determined which boat is at fault for the crash. He added that charges will be filed, and possibly against the pilots of both vessels. The boating accident investigation has been extended by over two months, which Albert says is not uncommon. Authorities have to gather all the necessary evidence and reconstruct the incident, which can take a long time. The investigation will not likely conclude until the beginning of 2013.
Both boaters are being represented by attorneys, but Dwyer stands to be charged with operating while under the influence. Although most people believe that intoxicated driving laws apply only to automobile operation or motorcycle crashes, a DUI can be issued to anyone who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you or someone you know was injured or killed in a boating accident because someone was piloting the vessel while intoxicated, turn to a Lipcon boat crash lawyer immediately for assistance.
Our boat accident attorneys have been helping victims of watercraft accidents since 1971 and will help you protect your rights. As the victim of a pleasure craft accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, and our lawyers are here to help you obtain the recovery for your injuries and/or losses you deserve. Whether your accident involved a motorboat, inner tube, parasailing incident or any other type of pleasure craft, call us today to discuss your options and file a case.