In the city of San Luis Obispo, a boating accident that is caused by a person who is boating while intoxicated is considered to be an avoidable type of accident. It is illegal to “drink and boat,” and victims of this type of accident are legally able to seek compensation for injuries and property damage.
Boating is a popular pastime in San Luis Obispo and the rest of California. Head to a body of water and you will see a variety of types of boats trolling leisurely along the water. You may even see speed boats racing across the waves. No matter what type of vessel a person is operating, doing so while intoxicated is against the law and patrol boats are out looking for intoxicated drivers in order to keep everyone safe.
When people choose to drink while out on the water, they often find that they cannot consume as much as they can on dry land before they start feeling the effects. The hot sun and the rocking of the waves can intensify the effect of alcohol. When a person becomes intoxicated, they are less able to operate a boat safely due to impaired reaction times and decision-making abilities.
Any person who is injured in this type of accident is entitled to seek compensation under the law. Damages may be paid for injuries, property damages and, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims should speak with an experienced attorney to learn more about their rights.