Were you injured in a South Carolina boating accident?




Charleston, South Carolina's Boat Accident Attorney

In 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard counted

4,291 recreational boating accidents

2,629 boating injuries

658 boating accident deaths

$46 million dollars of boating related property damage

Call Frank Hartman at 843-300-7600 for your boating injury claim in Charleston, SC

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 141 boat accidents occurred in Charleston in 2008. These boat wrecks led to 61 injuries and 29 fatalities.

The majority of  boating accident deaths, in South Carolina, have been a result from drowning. Sadly, most victims were not wearing a life jacket. Statistics show that fatal boat crashes are more likely occur when boaters lack proper safety instruction. For instance, the Coast Guard indicates that only 11% of the fatalities in 2011 occurred on boats where the boat operator had reviewed boating safety instructions.

Many residents take advantage of the Cooper River, the Atlantic Ocean, and other waterways throughout South Carolina. Boating accidents happen all too often, and sometimes accidents can’t be helped. Boating accidents may also be caused by a driver’s negligence or a defect in the boat or its equipment.

If You Were Injured because of a Negligent Boat Owner, You Have a Right to Fair Compensation

If you are looking for a boat accident attorney, The Hartman Law Firm, LLC can help. With offices conveniently located in Charleston, we have helped numerous boat crash victims throughout the state. We have the expertise and knowledge about boat wrecks to help you win the largest amount of compensation possible given your situation.

To schedule a free consultation, call our law firm today at 843-300-7600 or use our online form.

The U.S. Coast Guard data shows a clear link between deaths and a lack of boating safety knowledge. But there are many causes of boating accidents. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, common causes of boating crashes include:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Excessive Speed
  • Failure to ventilate the boat or equipment
  • Missing or insufficient navigation aids
  • Failing to properly observe other boaters (i.e., improper lookout)
  • On-board navigation lights that do not work properly
  • Boat operator inattention
  • Overly congested waterways
  • Inexperience of the boat operator
  • Restricted vision
  • Sharp turns
  • Machinery or Hull failure
  • Bad weather
  • Improperly anchoring the boat
  • Loading the boat incorrectly such as distributing weight improperly or overloading the boat
  • Equipment failure
  • Hull failure
  • Machinery failure
  • Hazardous waters, including waves or wakes
  • Bad weather
  • Fires caused by spilled fuel or vapors igniting

Call Frank Hartman at 843-300-7600 for your boating injury claim in Charleston, SC

In some cases, a combination of these factors may contribute to an accident that injures or harms someone. If you were hurt in such an accident, don’t hesitate to consult with your boat accident attorney at The Hartman Law Firm.

We Hold Negligent Boaters Accountable 

Human error, improper boat maintenance, or boat defects are most often the reason for boating accidents. If any of these factors played a role in an accident that injured you or caused the death of a loved one, you deserve legal relief. 

Possible accident circumstances may include:

  • Being a passenger on a boat where your friend or acquaintance was driving while intoxicated, failed to follow proper procedure, or didn’t act with reasonable boat driver care
  • A boat collision caused by another vessel, such as another boat or a jet-ski
  • defect in the design or build of the boat that caused the boat to fail, crash, or sink
  • Contracting with a boat repair person or business who didn’t properly maintain your boat

Charleston’s boating accident law firm, The Hartman Law Firm, LLC, can help. We can determine if one or more potential defendants exist in a boating accident case. If so, you may be able to collect financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages. 

If a boat crash resulted in death, the victim’s family members may pursue a wrongful death claim. Contact Frank so that he may determine which legal strategy is best to defend your rights

Contact a Charleston Boat Accident Injury Attorney

If a you or a loved one needs has been injured in a boat-related accident, call The Hartman Law Firm, LLCFrank Hartman will fight to get you fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.

call Frank Hartman Charleston, SC Personal Injury Attorney- The Hartman Law Firm, LLC Charleston, South Carolina accident injury attorney Call now for your free strategy session. This includes a twenty minute phone call to discuss:

  1. Get your facts of the case straight to discuss with any attorney.
  2. Legal issues involved and what challenges you may be facing?
  3. A plan of attack and legal defenses you will raise to help get the best case results?*

This is all included without any obligation, whether you decide to retain Frank, or not.‍

To get started, call Frank 24/7 at (843) 300-7600. Or, you can contact him online, or email him at james@thehartmanlawfirm.com. The sooner you get Frank on your case, the sooner you’ll get your settlement and start on the road to recovery.

*Any legal defenses discussed do not guarantee a desired court decision.


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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC

6650 Rivers Ave, Suite 600
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 300-7600
Email: frank@thehartmanlawfirm.com

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