She was run over by a speed and received permanent injuries to her thighs. She was also hit and knocked unconscious. The medical bills exceeded $70,000.
Mr. Davis settled with a $600,000 award.
Davis Law Group reminds you to boat safely during this busy weekend on Washington State waters. Do not operate a boat under the influence!
Boating Accident Statistics
There were 3,153 injuries and approximately $35.5 million of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents. That makes the fatality rate in 2010, 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 6.9% decrease from 2009 – which was 5.8 fatalities per 100,000 vessels. Twenty-one children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating. 42% of the children who died was a result from drowning. 44% of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket even though only half of them were required to do so by state law. Alcohol was the leading factor in 19% of the boating deaths.
Boating Under the Influence Law in Washington State
Washington’s boating under the influence (BUI) law is governed by RCW 79A.60.040, which has many similarities and differences to Washington’s driving under the influence law (DUI). Although drinking alcohol is not illegal on the boat, the operator is required to be under the legal limit.