Delivering Results Since 1998

Drinking contributes to many Lake of the Ozarks boat crashes

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Boat Accidents

Visitors to Lake of the Ozarks often enjoy meals and drinks at local restaurants before heading out on the water. They may even pack a cooler full of beer to enjoy out on the water. The safe use of alcohol while on vacation can enhance people’s experiences, but some people take it too far.

Those who drink too much could very easily cause injury or property damage to others if they go out on a boat while under the influence or overindulge while boating. Those under the influence of alcohol may experience impaired coordination and decision-making ability — both of which could contribute to a preventable boating incident where people get hurt.

Drunk boating violates state law

The law regarding drinking and operating a boat is very clear. Those operating boats on Lake of the Ozarks and other waters are subject to the same blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits as people driving motor vehicles. It is against the law to operate a vessel with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. People can enjoy a drink, but they need to limit themselves. Unfortunately, those relaxing on vacation might not self-monitor carefully for warning signs of impairment.

Those injured in an incident caused by an intoxicated boater may have reason to take legal action against the person who was acting negligently or recklessly. A personal injury lawsuit could lead to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other economic consequences of a boating incident. Personal injury lawsuits are a reasonable response to boating incidents that cause injury and financial losses. Having legal guidance can help.