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Boating Under the Influence

Though most individuals are aware of the laws that exist around drinking and driving a motor vehicle, some may not have a clear understanding of the laws regarding boating under the influence, or BUI. BUI is a serious charge that should not be taken lightly. Not only is it illegal, it is also a highly dangerous activity that can harm innocent bystanders.

If you are involved in an accident with an intoxicated boater, you may be able to bring your case to a court of law to seek financial compensation. This compensation will help cover any damages that resulted from the accident. To learn more about your legal rights and BUI, contact the Wausau personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today.

Important Facts about BUI

The following information may help clarify the laws regarding BUI in Wisconsin:

  • Those who drive a boat in Wisconsin may not have a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of more than .08.
  • Alcohol and drug use contributed to 35% of the boating fatalities in the state of Wisconsin in 2008.
  • Possible penalties for BUI in Wisconsin include jail time, fines, and possible impounding of boats.
  • In Wisconsin, the waters are patrolled by the Department of Natural Resources and municipal patrols.
  • Anyone who operates or attempts to operate a boat or water craft is deemed to have given consent to an alcohol or drug test.

Even if you engage in safe behavior and do not engage in BUI, other boaters around you may not be as responsible. If you have been harmed by an intoxicated boater and you decide to pursue your case in a court of law, it would behoove you to employ the help of an experienced Wausau boating accident attorney to help ensure that your rights are protected.

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For a free case evaluation, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today.

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