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boating accidentThe Goings Law Firm, LLC is South Carolina’s boating accident attorneys. Located in Columbia, the highly rated personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC have experience in representing individuals hurt or killed in boating accidents throughout South Carolina. It is our experience that insurance companies that provide liability and medical payments coverage for boats and vessels will attempt to deny your case, or at the very least, not provide you with fair or reasonable compensation for injuries sustained in a boating collision or accident on the water. Let us put our best efforts towards ensuring that your claim is properly handled with the insurance company during the settlement process, and if necessary, throughout the court in contested litigation.

Recreational boating and watersports are popular activities throughout South Carolina. From the mountains to the sea, we are a state blessed with over 3000 miles of beach and coastlines, 465,000 acres of lakes and ponds, and nearly 8,000 miles of rivers and streams. In the Midlands of South Carolina, we have large navigable bodies of water such as Lake Murray, Lake Marion, Lake Wateree, Lake Moultrie, Lake Strom Thurmond, Lake Monticello, and the Congaree River, Saluda River, Broad River, Santee River, and the Edisto River to name a few.

On the water, we often enjoy swimming, riding on boats for pleasure or fishing, pulling our children on tubes or skis, jet skiing, and other leisure activities on the water. However, fun on the water presents the a high risk of serious injury or death, especially when a boat or watercraft is being used. According to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, there was 142 recreational boating accidents in 2018 in South Carolina, which is down from 163 recreational boating accidents in 2017. Nationwide in 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,168 accidents that involved 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries and approximately $55 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Nearly 95% of all fatal boating accidents happened on boats being operated by someone who has not taken an approved boater safety course or received any safety training. What is alarming is that boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol use is the number one leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accident.

Compensation for Boating Accidents Victims

Our Columbia boating accident lawyers pursue financial compensation for serious injury and death that occurs due to boating accidents. There are a number of situations in which an accident victim may be able to pursue a claim for compensation after a boat related injury. The most common incidents that result in claims for financial compensation surrounding a boating collision relate to:

  • Accidents when the drivers are charged with violating Boating Under the Influence (BUI/BWI) laws;
  • A victim is hurt because the boat operator was drunk or on drugs.
  • A passenger or operator of a boat who is hurt in an accident caused by the negligence of another boater on the water.
  • A passenger or operator of a boat is thrown overboard and into the water, resulting in blunt force injury or drowning.
  • A swimmer or person in the water in injured by the boat’s propeller or bow.
  • A swimmer or person in the water being run over by a boat.
  • A boater or passenger who is harmed as a result of a defect in the boat or boat parts could pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of the defective part.
  • Someone who is harmed as a result of negligent boat maintenance could take legal action against the individual or company that was entrusted with maintaining the boat.
  • A water-skier could take legal action against the operator of the boat who acted in a negligent or careless way.
  • Someone whose spouse or another close relative is killed on a boat due to operator negligence could pursue a wrongful death and survival claim against the careless boat operator.

The Causes of Boating and Watercraft Accidents

The top five primary types of boating accidents are:

  1. Direct collisions between boats
  2. Flooding or swamping
  3. Collision with a fixed object in the water
  4. Personal watercraft errors
  5. Passengers or operators being thrown overboard. Statistics show that the types of vessels most likely to result in fatal boating accidents are open motorboats, personal watercraft vessels such as jet-skis, pontoons, and non-motorized canoes and kayak.

The main cause of boating accidents in South Carolina is operational error. Operational error is negligence, which often gives rise to liability against the boat owner or the operator of the boat. The likely contributing factors to boating accidents and casualties relate to alcohol use, drug use, excessive speed, sharp turns, improper lookout, operator inattention, operator inexperience, and general failure to observe boating laws and navigational rules. Injuries commonly occur due to improper anchoring, improper loading or overloading the vessel, or having passengers on the gunwale, bow, or transom. While motor or engine failure can lead to boating accidents, the failure of equipment or the hull are less likely to occur. Studies have shown the environment facts such as congested waters, hazardous weather conditions, the force of waves or wakes, missing navigational aids, and otherwise dangerous water conditions can play a large role in causing serious boating accidents especially when combined in operational errors with the boater using alcohol or drugs, or generally being an inexperience boat operator.

Often times, boating accidents are avoidable and could be prevented if the driver of the boat was obeying the law and exercising a reasonable degree of care. When a boater fails to behave responsibly or following boating safety rules, he or she may be held liable and responsible for the resulting injuries or death. When can investigate if the cause of your boating or watercraft accident was a result of negligence to give rise to financial compensation for your injuries.

Recreational Boating Accident Statistics Nationwide

According to the United States Coast Guard and the National Recreational Boating Safety Program, the reportable recreational boating accident statistics in the United States in 2019 revealed the following:

  • In 2019, the Coast Guard counted 4,168 accidents that involved 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries and approximately $55 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
    • The fatality rate was 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 1.9% decrease from the 2018 fatality rate of 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
    • Compared to 2018, the number of accidents increased 0.6%, the number of deaths decreased 3.2%, and the number of injuries increased 1.9%.
  • Where cause of death was known, 79% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Where length was known, eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.
  • Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 23% of deaths.
  • Where instruction was known, 70% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. Only 20% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.
  • There were 171 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 35 deaths and 155 injuries.
  • Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
  • Where data was known, the most common vessel types involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (45%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (16%).
  • Where data was known, the vessel types with the highest percentage of deaths were open motorboats (48%), kayaks (14%), and personal watercraft (8%).
  • The 11,878,542 recreational vessels registered by the states in 2019 represent a 0.22% increase from last year when 11,852,969 recreational vessels were registered.

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Contact Our Columbia Boating Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been hurt on a boat or a loved one has been killed from a boating accident, you should contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC for a free case review and evaluation. Our Columbia boating accident attorneys are highly rated and have the experience and resources needed to ensure that you get justice and the compensation allowed under the law. Call or text us today at (803) 350-9230 so that we can properly secure your legal rights following your boating accident.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Robert and his team were very personable and attentive to our needs. They worked diligently for four years to ensure that justice was served and that we would come out more victorious than we could imagine. We were truly blessed when we found the Goings Law Firm. Robert’s individual approach, knowledge, and dedication to our case was remarkable and the outcome was a success. He was the best lawyer in the courtroom, hands down. When the going got tough we got Goings and you can’t go wrong with Robert Goings’s law firm!”

“After an accident that resulted in a personal injury which took me over a year to recover, I tried to negotiate with the insurance company to no avail. The first attorney I met with rejected my case. A friend recommended Robert Goings to me. After my first meeting with him I was completely relieved and felt assured that he could help me. Robert kept me informed, worked diligently and finally got the policy limit for the injury I had sustained. Robert is very professional, easy to talk to and an outstanding attorney who provides a quality service to his clients. The members of his staff are very competent, friendly and helpful as well. I would recommend Robert to anyone and also seek his advice again if I am ever in need of legal counsel.”

“When I was needing a Attorney for my case I was given the name of Robert Goings from Columbia, SC… I knew right off that Robert was the Attorney for the case and didn’t waste anytime and he didn’t waste anytime getting started on the case… Robert assured me he would be researching and investigating everything that he needs to make a case and win in court if and when that time comes… Robert was very thorough in everything he needed to complete and make the case strong and showed integrity of all the hearings I attended for my case. He will not leave any cracks in a case and if something didn’t seem right or felt right he would research it till he got the answer he was looking for… My case did take close to two years before it was settled. Robert and his firm did an outstanding job even when things to me wasn’t sounding like it was going our way. It was Justice and Honor of what he brought that won the case over for a very good settlement. If I had to do this over again with no doubt in mind Robert Goings would be my Attorney.”

“My family and I began a relationship with the Goings Law Firm in 2010. Mr. Goings and his staff are one of the most professional law firms I have ever been associated with. My family was treated with respect and kindness by Mr. Goings and his staff. Their work ethics and attention to details were top notch. They took the time to explain the processes and expectations in terms we could understand. I look forward to working with Mr. Goings again in the future.”

“From our initial conversation Robert listened to our predicament with concern. He was able to put us at ease about our situation and gave us reassurance that everything would work out. Robert went to work for us and was able to resolve the issue most expeditiously meeting all of our expectations. I can’t say enough about Robert & the Goings Law Firm. If I am ever in need of an attorney again, Robert will be the first person I call.”

“My experience as a client for Mr. Goings was exceptional. Mr. Goings was the only attorney to reply to my initial inquiry about a workplace injury. My case may have seemed too small or trivial to other firms, however Mr. Goings was willing to listen from day one. From the very beginning, he treated me as if I was a longtime associate or client. He knew every step of the way and always made himself available whenever questions arose. No question for Mr. Goings was beneath him. Throughout the entire process, I was comfortable that he was at the wheel of my case. He truly does care about his clients and it shows in his dedication and professionalism. It is rare to find any business today, operating at the standard, the Robert Going’s Law Firm sets. The bar he and his staff sets is high. If Mr. Goings practices in an area of law specific to your needs, I wouldn’t bother calling anyone else.”

“One of the best I ever worked with, clear from the start, explained all options with risks involved, honest, prompt, and delivered as promised.”

“Robert is a master when it comes to litigation. He has helped my family and me on several occasions, and he always had our best interest at heart and in practice. He has truly done some amazing legal work for us, and we highly recommend him. He is a personable professional, and his astute knowledge of the law is quite impressive.”

“From the moment Robert received my first phone call until the conclusion of the legal matter, there was nothing but exceptional and first-class representation. I did not hesitate a moment or second-guess my decision with Robert representing me. Robert and his staff are professional, courteous, responsive, and effective. Robert is a genuine advocate for his client and delicately balances carrying a sword and a shield for justice.”

“Robert Goings is an excellent civil attorney. Mr. Goings took my mom’s difficult case and was successful in winning a jury verdict in her favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Goings if you are in need of a fierce legal advocate who is both very knowledgeable and compassionate!!”

“Mr. Goings far exceeded any and all expectations I had for a lawyer. He went above and beyond to ensure that I received the best results possible for my case. With me being active duty military, he helped with ensuring scheduling of matters around the military. I think best of all he was how knowledgable he is on how the injury was going to affect my military service. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina this is your guy!!”

“I had an awesome experience with Mr. Goings and highly recommend him as lawyer. He was very clear about my case and gave me follow-up reports in a timely manner. My results were better than I expected and I owe it to this awesome lawyer. THANK YOU! If I ever need a lawyer again, I am definitely calling Mr. Goings. My family and I thank you for all your help.”

“Mr. Goings was my first attorney I’ve ever needed. With a fear of not knowing what to do or where to turn Mr. Goings took my case and and made me feel like dear friend I have knew for years. He has a great staff who is there for any help at any time I needed them. Mr. Goings will be the only person I will ever turn to if I need any assistance in the future and I encourage anyone to go to him for anything legal matters. Thank you again Mr. Robert Goings and the Goings Law Firm staff.”

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

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After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

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