In August 2012, a now-former Maryland delegate was on the Maghony River on The Legislator, a 26-foot Targa Baha Cruiser. The boat crashed into a 18-foot Bayliner. Eight people were injured in the boating accident, including children. The former delegate was operating The Legislator and was charged with drunken boating. Both operators were charged with “rules of the road” violations, negligence and not registering their boats.
In addition to a conviction for boating DUI, the former delegate had a conviction for drunk driving the next year. He spent 60 days in jail. One of the people injured in the boating accident filed a lawsuit against the ex-delegate, as well as the operator of the other boat. The latter was dismissed in July 2014. The only charge the other operator eventually faced was for not registering his boat.
On March 31, an order from a Maryland Circuit Court ordered the former delegate to pay the plaintiff $31,818 for his medical expenses. A claim for pain and suffering brought an order from the court for $60,000. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, mouth, teeth, neck, shoulder and left side.
Any drunk driving accident, whether involving a car or a boat, has the potential to cause serious injuries or death. When you are injured in such an accident or one of your loved ones is killed, you have the right to seek compensation from the party that caused the accident. Even if the person is not convicted of drunk driving or drunk boating, your civil case can still proceed. An attorney can provide more information.
Source: Capital Gazette, “Dwyer ordered to pay $92,000 in 2012 boating accident,” Ben Weathers, April. 15, 2015