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Monday, June 15, 2009

Boating accident or injury, come see us

Summer time has officially started in Texas. As such, many people will take out their summer gear, including their boats. However, not all of the individuals are aware of Texas law, regarding boating accidents.

In it pertinent parts, the law states: "Operators of vessels involved in any collision, accident or other casualty resulting in death or injury to any person or property damage exceeding $500 must file a full accident report within 30 days in accordance with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations. Failure to file a report is punishable as a Parks and Wildlife Class C misdemeanor. Accident reports filed by the operator(s) are confidential and not admissible as evidence in court. Report forms may be obtained from Texas Parks and Wildlife officers, marine safety enforcement officers, or game wardens." This part covers the reporting requirements.

Moreover, the law states: "the operator of any vessel involved in a boating accident must stop and render needed assistance unless such action would endanger his crew, passengers or his own vessel. The operator must give his/her name, address, and vessel identification number in writing to any injured person and to the owner of any damaged property. Failure to render aid in an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury is punishable as a Parks and Wildlife felony. Failure to render aid in an accident not resulting in death or serious bodily injury is punishable as a Parks and Wildlife Class A misdemeanor."

Finally, the law states:"It is unlawful to operate while intoxicated. (Intoxication is defined as the loss of mental or physical faculties, or blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater). A first conviction is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days, or by both. A second conviction is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, confinement in jail not to exceed one year, or by both. A third conviction is punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000, imprisonment in jail for not more than 10 years or less than 2 years. Failure to submit a specimen to determine blood alcohol content may result in the suspension of the operator’s driver's license."

Texans need to be aware of the laws that governs boating and adhere to those laws, so that every one can have a more enjoyable summer.

If you have been injured as a result of some one's negligence, The Báez Law Firm, P.C. is here for you. We are a general practice law firm that cares about your legal needs. We handle personal injury, family law, business law, criminal law, bankruptcy, litigation, appeals and many more.

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