Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most serious crimes of which someone can be accused, and with good reason. Consuming alcohol before operating a vehicle is nearly guaranteed to impair your ability to operate the vehicle and thus much more likely to put your own well-being and the well-being of others at risk. Many people are aware of the dangers of DUI when it comes to cars and other road vehicles, but did you know that you could be charged for boating under the influence?
Just like with other motor vehicles, consuming alcohol impairs a person's ability to operate a boat, and with other boats in the water, an intoxicated boat driver could cause a serious accident. The legal penalties for a BUI conviction are similar to those of a DUI conviction and could include fines or even prison time. You may not think that these accidents are particularly noteworthy, but boating fatalities are increase by nearly a third when alcohol is a factor.
Like most states, Tennessee has a legal BAC Level for boaters driving out on the water of 0.08. It may not occur to you, but if you are involved in a boating accident, questioning the sobriety of the other driver isn't a bad idea, especially if you notice alcohol in the other driver's boat. Calling the police to conduct an official sobriety test could prove that the other boat's driver was intoxicated, which could mean more compensation for you.
It is also recommended that you speak with an attorney if you are involved in an accident, even if the other driver was not intoxicated. However, if the other driver is charged with a BUI or a DUI, legal assistance can help you establish the extent of their negligence to get the compensation you deserve.