Boating is primarily a leisure activity, and many individuals thus treat it differently than driving a car. For the person operating the boat, however, the responsibilities are to be taken seriously — including when it comes to drinking or using drugs. The operator of a boat or a personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski) is subject to arrest for boating under the influence (BUI), just as a driver would be for driving under the influence.

The dangers inherent in drinking while operating a boat are important to keep in mind the next time you and your friends or family head out to enjoy a day on the water. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was primarily to blame for 91 boating fatalities in 2015, the most of any primary factor. All told, alcohol use was the primary contributing factor in 260 boating accidents resulting in 228 injuries.

Drunk boat driving might not seem as serious as drinking and driving, given the relative lack of traffic on the water, but the effects of even one drink can severely impair an operator’s ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel. The combination of heat, glare and noise that an operator experiences while boating can exacerbate alcohol’s effects on the senses, equilibrium and judgment. Simply put, drunk boating is never safe behavior.

This is why every state has laws against BUI. Even if an accident does not occur, the legal consequences of a BUI arrest or conviction are severe in many cases, and can result in a heavy fine and even jail time. In many cases, a BUI arrest or conviction can mean the loss of your driver’s license, as well.

The most obvious and simple way to avoid a BUI arrest is to not drink when boating. Other strategies for avoiding BUI include not operating a boat for at least one hour for each drink you have had, and checking the laws of your state to see whether an individual can be charged with BUI for operating watercraft such as a canoe or kayak while drunk.

The accompanying Boating Under the Influence Guide illustrates just how dangerous drinking and boating can be and provides some helpful tips to avoid a BUI arrest. Boating may be primarily a leisure activity for you, but that doesn’t mean you should be any less careful when it comes to alcohol consumption. Know the law and the risks, and you may save lives.



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Driving on North Carolina roadways next to an 18-wheeler or other large vehicle can be scary. Because of their weight and size, semi-trucks can cause serious, life-threatening injuries when they are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles.

If you or a loved one was injured because of an accident with a semi, The Olive Law Firm may be able to help. However, we want to help people avoid becoming injured in the first place. Read on for some tips on how to avoid a semi-truck accident.
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If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, hiring an experienced Charlotte personal injury lawyer may help you recover the compensation you’re owed.
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Nobody ever wants to be involved in a car accident. Statistically speaking, however, many drivers will be involved in at least one motor vehicle accident during their lifetimes.

Auto accidents can be frightening and nerve-wracking, so knowing ahead of time what steps to take after the collision can help you feel more prepared if, and when, the unexpected occurs.

Immediately After the Accident

After the impact of a crash, you should leave your car where it is and wait for emergency personnel. Turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers. Put your car in “park” and turn off the engine.

You may also want to check on the occupants of the other vehicle(s) to see if they’re OK, but remember to be careful when exiting your vehicle, to make sure you’re not walking into oncoming traffic.

When you’re in a safe place and able to do so, call 911 to report the accident. Even if you don’t think the accident was serious, calling the police will trigger a police report, which will be helpful when dealing with insurance companies.
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When you’ve been injured in an accident, you may find yourself asking: “Do I need to consult a personal injury attorney?” The answer to that question is usually yes.

Why Do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

The aftermath of an accident can be nerve-wracking and scary. The initial reaction for many accident victims is to accept whatever settlement amount the insurance company offers. However, doing so can be a mistake, and you may be short-changing yourself.

You may have severe injuries that can continue to affect you, long after the accident has passed. Even if you didn’t go to the emergency room immediately after the accident, you may find yourself needing medical attention because of aches and pains that linger, or even worsen in the days following the accident. In addition to possible property damage and medical bills, you may be facing a reduction or loss of wages because you cannot work at full capacity for a period of time.
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6 Tips For Safer Holiday Travel

The holidays are a time when people are coming and going, visiting family and friends, and often traveling in some of the worst weather of the year. If you have a trip planned this holiday season, it’s important to be careful on the roads to avoid a holiday tragedy. Here are some tips to avoid car accidents during the holidays.

1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Make sure you leave early when traveling for the holidays. One of the best ways to avoid holiday vehicle accidents is to avoid being in a rush. The weather and increased traffic may cause delays on the road, and if you have the luxury of extra time, you won’t feel the need to drive too aggressively for conditions.

2. Know Your Route (And Alternates)

You may have a GPS, but look at the map/directions ahead of time. In a bad traffic situation, you may not be able to cross several lanes when your GPS suddenly decides you need to turn left — right now! Also, know alternate routes in case you encounter a lengthy backup or unsafe driving conditions.
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PRESS RELEASE – Charlotte’s top personal injury attorney, The Olive Law Firm, is not just about winning cases in court. The firm is also very active in community programs and regularly donates to non-profit organizations and schools within and around Charlotte, North Carolina. A recent project they did is in partnership with Carolina Family Connections. As school starts, the firm donated backpacks for kids under the care of the non-profit foster and adoption agency.

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Carolina Family Connections was incorporated in 2006. The non-profit provides family foster care for children in need of out-of-home placement in North Carolina. Children under their care are newborns up to 18 years old; each with a unique background and given special care, support and nurturing. Carolina Family Connections is committed to recruiting, training, and supervising family foster care homes to provide the best care possible for their kids.

Lee Olive, Charlotte NC accident attorney at The Olive Law Firm, stated, “This is one of the ways we give back to the community. We are happy to be able to help out with school supplies for the kids of Carolina Family Connections.”

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The Olive Law Firm has been helping families in Charlotte since 1957 in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Police Brutality and Civil Rights. There is no fee unless you recover, and your consultation is free.

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The Olive Law Firm, Charlotte’s trusted personal injury attorney, has been serving Charlotte and surrounding areas in 1957. The firm provides aggressive representation for clients in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Police Brutality, and Civil Rights cases. They are trusted by many simply because they don’t just do their job, but they do their job well.

In fact, Attorney Lee Olive, one of The Olive Law Firm’s attorneys, is already one of elite members in The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which are very prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.

As a way to show their gratitude for all the clients who have trusted them and referred family and friends to them, the firm is now offering referral bonuses. If you a current or past client of The Olive Law Firm and you refer three people to their services, you will receive a $100 gift card from the firm. If you refer six people, then you will receive a $200 gift card from the firm.

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PRESS RELEASE–We at The Olive Law Firm are proud to announce that Lee Olive, Charlotte personal injury attorney at The Olive Law Firm, was recently inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forums. These forums are two of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, making membership opportunities limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Induction into these forums is demonstrated by the attorney’s ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Since 1993 membership has been based upon strict objective qualifications. Less than 1% of the lawyers in the United States are members.

The Million Dollar Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Forum includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results. The members’ practice areas include the areas of litigation, such as: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation.

“It is an honor to be included in the Multi-Million Dollar Forum from serving our clients in Charlotte,” Lee Olive, Charlotte’s top personal injury attorney, stated. Lee Olive and the lawyers and staff of Olive Law Firm are very happy about this achievement as it only proves how much effort they put into winning their cases.

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PRESS RELEASE–Last September 13, 2015, Lee Olive, an attorney of Olive Law Firm, joined the 2015 Tour de Tahoe Ride to Cure Diabetes. The event was held to raise funding for research to find a cure for diabetes as well as to provide support for families of people suffering with the illness. Numerous participants joined the event, raising $763,316.21!

“I am very happy to be part of a cause that helps so many people,” Lee Olive said in an interview.

Olive Law Firm, Charlotte’s top personal injury firm, helps clients with injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and product liability cases. However, aside from representing clients, the attorneys and staff are also known to be very active in community programs, such as the Ride to Cure Diabetes. They are also huge supporters of Thompson Child and Family Focus, Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree Project, The SMART Ride Journey, CMPD Animal Control and Harvest Bread Fundraiser and many others.

To know more about Olive Law Firm, their services and programs they are involved in, visit The attorneys and staff would be happy to entertain your questions!


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