A 47-year-old man died in May when the boat he was riding on slammed into a tree in the Taunton River in Massachusetts. Manuel Pinheiro suffered severe head injuries when the operator, Anthony Rose, of the boat collided with a tree.
Rose pleaded not guilty to drunken boating homicide and negligent operation of a boat, however, prosecutors claimed he was drunk and speeding when the accident occurred.
In 2012, alcohol was the leading contributing factor to boating accident-related deaths in the U.S. Drunk boating accounted for 17 percent of all deaths that year. Excessive speed was the fifth ranked contributing factor to boating accident deaths, while boat operator inattention accounted for the most recreational boating accidents that year.
These drunk boating accidents could cause brain and spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries and other catastrophic injuries that could lead to paralysis or lifelong medical care. Wrongful death is also a risk with drunk boating- drowning accounted for the most boating deaths in 2012.
Our maritime attorneys work with investigative agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard and insurance companies to figure out exactly what happened and how to get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Our attorneys have been helping those injured at sea and on land for over 50 years and are dedicated to providing victims with the legal help they need to overcome injuries and move forward with their lives after an accident.
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