Boating & Marine Accidents

Boating & Marine AccidentsSouth Carolina is known as one of the most boater-friendly states on the East Coast. As a result, South Carolina’s waterways are becoming increasingly congested with distracted and/or impaired amateur recreational boaters now more than ever.

The failure of boats and other watercrafts to yield to oncoming boats lead to the majority of the devastating boating accidents in South Carolina each year. Alcohol is also a leading contributor to these collisions.

South Carolina has increasingly been named a “hot spot” for tourists and family vacations. As a matter of fact, it is often the tourists on rental watercrafts who are unsure about the rules and the dangers specific to the waterways, resulting in several avoidable accidents each year. Our legal team can track down claims involving tourists who have fled the state or otherwise returned home to escape prosecution for their negligence.

Passengers on watercrafts often have valid insurance claims no matter who is placed at fault in a boating accident. These passengers can potentially recover expenses relating to emergency room visits, specialists, surgeries, therapies, lost wages, and the prospect of a lengthy term of rehabilitation along the path to recovery.

Have you or a loved on been involved in a boating accident? Our legal team is here for you!

  • Call 911 immediately
  • File a report with police or DNR (Department of Natural Resources)
  • If possible, take photos of each watercraft involved, the location of the accident, and any injuries sustained
  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible
  • Call our office immediately so we can establish the claim for you!

  • Do not leave the scene
  • Do not lose your temper
  • Do not admit fault
  • Do not talk to any insurance companies without consulting an attorney first
  • Do not allow the insurance company to “settle” your claim before medical treatment is completed

Attorney Peter Brown and his personal injury legal team have been handling serious boating claims for decades in several states.

He has settled several Maritime Insurance claims for over a quarter of a million dollars ($275,000.00) each. Attorney Peter Brown has experience working as a multi-line adjustor for Progressive Insurance prior to becoming an attorney and he also worked for an insurance defense law firm. Through his prior experiences with these companies, he has learned the strategies and defenses that insurance companies and their representatives use to defend claims. Attorney Peter Brown has also defended boaters charged with BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) and knows both sides of these cases- and he will put that knowledge and experience to work for you.