Rhode Island is home to a gorgeous coastline and beautiful waterways. Needless to say, boating activities are a common occurrence in this state. Unfortunately, boating accidents do occur on occasion, and those who have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident may wonder if they have any legal recourse.
Boating laws are different than driving laws, but this doesn't excuse boaters who exhibit reckless behavior from facing any consequences for their actions. It is possible to be charged for boating accidents that are caused due to negligent behavior. Apart from any criminal charges filed in association with reckless boat usage, victims of that negligent behavior retain the right to pursue civil claims in an effort to recoup any financial losses suffered as a result.