With summer getting into full swing, prime boating season is here. Unfortunately,
crowded waterways often lead to an increased risk of collision and other
San Diego boating crashes can be caused by a number of factors, including
inexperience, inattention and recklessness. In addition, alcohol is a
factor in about 50 percent of all fatal motorboat accidents in California.
Despite these alarming statistics, many boaters fail to recognize that
drinking behind the wheel of a boat is just as dangerous (and illegal)
as driving a motor vehicle while impaired. In fact, the effects of alcohol
can be more pronounced in the operation of a vessel than in the operation
of a vehicle due to various stress factors involved, including boat and
engine noise, sun, glare, vibration, wave action, temperature, and wind.
Before you embark on your next boating excursion, it is important to understand
that under California law:
- No person shall operate any vessel, water skis or similar device while
under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. No person who is
addicted to any drug shall operate any vessel, water skis or similar device.
- No person 21 years of age or older shall operate any vessel, water skis
or similar device who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol
in his or her blood. A level of at least 0.05 percent, but less than 0.08
percent, may be used with other evidence in determining whether the person
was under the influence of alcohol.
- No person under 21 years of age may operate a vessel, water skis or similar
device who has 0.01 percent or more of alcohol in his or her blood by weight.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego boating
accident, don’t hesitate to
contact a San Diego personal injury attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.