There are boating accidents, and then there are car accidents. But never at the same time, right?
Well, there was that one time when a ship rolled onto its side, and the almost 5,000 cars it was carrying wound up being destroyed …
The Cougar Ace is a car carrier ship that has delivered thousands of Japanese cars to North America. In 2006, something went wrong as the ship approached a port near the Aleutian Islands, and the Cougar Ace keeled to the port side. Luckily, only one crew member was injured.
The cars were not so lucky…
Every vehicle was ultimately destroyed. Airbags were deployed, fluids drained, parts disassembled, and then every little piece was crushed in the Texas Shredder.
Hopefully, Mazda had some serious insurance coverage…
SC Boating Accidents Can Be Costly and Deadly
With so much water around, boating is one of the most popular warm-weather activities in Myrtle Beach. A relaxing day in the sun with some friends – and maybe a few beers – can be a lot of fun, but it can turn dangerous or even deadly all too quickly.
Boating accidents in Myrtle Beach, SC usually involve recreational craft, not big carrier ships like the Cougar Ace – although accidents happen with the big ships as well.
People often rent boats to take out on unfamiliar water, and safe boating requires solid knowledge not only of the vehicle being driven but also the body of water you are navigating. Many people have a few too many drinks when they’re out on the water. And some boat drivers just don’t know what they’re doing – they have no business being out on the water.
If you are injured in a boating accident because of the negligence of the boat’s owner or operator, or because someone else is being reckless on the water, you deserve to be compensated. Your SC boating accident attorney at Axelrod and Associates can help you recover damages for medical care, emotional distress, property destruction, and other damages.
Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Intoxication with alcohol or other drugs;
- Reckless operation;
- Inexperienced drivers;
- Faulty equipment;
- Collisions with piers, buoys or other boats;
- Inappropriate weight; and
- Weather conditions.
Be safe, be prepared, and learn boating safety before you go out on the water…
Your Myrtle Beach boating accident attorney at Axelrod and Associates will investigate the accident and help you to get compensation from the negligent party or their insurance company, whether that means a settlement or a jury trial.
Schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team today. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form to set up a free initial consultation about your case.