5 lives lost to Tennessee boating accidents this year

We’ve made it halfway through 2018, but not without losing five souls to Tennessee boating accidents. Three out of five of these accidental deaths involved paddle-driven watercrafts. Unfortunately, it looks like we could see even more deaths in the second half of the year.

Now that we’ve crossed the important date of Memorial Day, we’ve officially entered “boating season,” and that means that more tragic accidents and fatalities are forthcoming. One of the biggest problems with boating that causes so many accidents is the fact that numerous Tennessee residents enjoy combining a day out on the lake or river with alcohol. In this respect, it often seems like boating and alcohol are synonymous. However, being on a boat in the hot sun during summer gets exacerbated when people drink. Experts say that engine vibration and the motion of waves become worse when someone is intoxicated, making a boat more difficult than ever to control.

Police forces throughout Tennessee will increase their patrols of waterways this summer to help try to locate people who might be boating while intoxicated (BUI). However, they won’t catch all of the offenders who choose to operate a boat with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than the state limit of .08 percent. As it happens every year around this time, drunk boaters will likely cause accidents, injuries and fatalities.

One of the best things you can do to bring more awareness to the problem of drunk boating is — if you become a victim in a BUI accident or if your loved one dies in such an event — to pursue a legal claim for financial justice and restitution. In many cases, a drunk boater can be held liable for the wrongful deaths or serious injuries he or she causes.