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Boating While Intoxicated

Most people are aware of the dangers posed by operating a truck or car while intoxicated. Not only is the negligent driver at risk of suffering severe state or federal penalties, but a serious and life-threatening accident may also occur as a result. Boating while under the influence of alcohol, however, is also an act of negligent motor vehicle operation. In the state of Ohio, intoxicated boating is illegal.

Damage Done by Intoxicated Boating

Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol can be quite dangerous. Intoxicated drivers may make poor decisions that endanger themselves and their passengers, occupants of other watercraft, or unknowing and innocent swimmers. Common injuries of boating under the influence (BUI) include the following:

  • Cuts, lacerations, and severe bruising
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Back and Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Drowning

If you have been harmed by an intoxicated boat driver, then you may have the right to claim compensation for this situation. Call a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to discuss your legal options.

Ohio Penalties

In Ohio, the penalties for boating under the influence can be quite severe, especially if the offender harms another person in the course of his or her negligence. Those who violate the state BUI law face a first class misdemeanor charge, up to 6 months incarceration, up to $1000 in fines, and up to 5 years of mandatory probation. Multiple violations will result in an increase in punishment.

Contact Us

If you have been hurt by the negligent actions of an intoxicated boat operator, then the Cincinnati personal injury lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC can help you fight for justice. Contact us today at 513-321-7733 to speak with an attorney about your case.

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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
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