At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we focus our law practice on representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including boating accidents.
In 2007, there were 168 boating accidents in Missouri, in which seven people were killed and 148 were injured, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In Illinois, there were 107 boating accidents, in which 13 people died and 60 people were injured.
The lakes and rivers of Missouri and Illinois are busy recreational spots, and boats can be just as dangerous to operate as automobiles. Nevertheless, one needs fewer qualifications to operate a boat than a car, and there are fewer law enforcement officials available to police our waterways than there are on our roads. Serious boating accidents often result in major injury to boat passengers, and can even result in a fatality.
Just as an injured person can seek compensation after a car accident from the at-fault driver, so too can an injured boater seek compensation. The question of where to turn for financial recovery after a boat accident is complicated by the state’s boating regulations and questions of insurance coverage.
Injured in a Missouri boating accident?
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we focus our law practice on representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including boating accidents. Attorney Christopher Hoffmann has over a decade of intensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims, and he has helped hundreds of injury accident victims attain financial compensation after serious accidents.
In boat accident cases, we conduct an independent investigation into all possible causes of the accident. We also analyze all potential sources of compensation, including the injured person’s own insurance policies and the insurance policies of the responsible person.
If you or a family member has been injured in a boat accident, you probably have questions about where to seek financial compensation for medical bills, time off work and necessary future medical care. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 or contact us online. You never pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Designated drivers in the study drank enough to reach a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent.
Parents should make sure to talk to teenagers about drunk driving to create safe driving habits for teens right from the start. While it is obviously against the law for underage people to drink, it is crucial for adults and teens alike to plan ahead for alternatives to drunk driving if they are planning on drinking. The reality is that planning ahead is extremely important because drinking lowers one’s ability to make rational, informed choices. This means that many drunk people mistakenly think that they have the ability to safely get to where they need to go even if they have been drinking heavily.
Having a designated driver when you are with a group of friends is one way to stay safe and to not put others at risk. An alarming study, however, conducted by the University of Florida at Gainesville, shows that many of those designated as sober drivers are still consuming some alcohol. In some groups it appears that designated drivers are not actually sober drivers – they are just not consuming as much alcohol as the rest of the group. The study showed results that reflected this hypothesis as about a third of designated drivers still drank some amount of alcohol. It also showed that about half of the designated drivers in the study drank enough to reach a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent, which comes too close for comfort to the legal limit in many states of 0.08 percent. This is definitely enough to impair driving abilities, and the National Transportation Safety Board has actually issued a recommendation that states lower the limit to 0.05 percent.
Because drunk driving has the potential to harm or kill other drivers it is important that important that these limits be taken seriously.
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If you have been injured in an auto accident due to the reckless act of another person, contactThe Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form. We offer free consultations in all personal injury cases and you never pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.