Boating Accidents — It’s All Fun and Games until Someone Gets Hurt
In the summer of 2011, two boats sped down the Chippewa River in Wisconsin, leading to a fatal crash. As a result, four people lost their lives. Only one driver survived the crash, and he faces criminal charges of operating a boat while intoxicated. But this driver also faces civil consequences. Though several of the accident victims (or their families) settled with their insurance companies for $3.5 million, the driver faced a civil lawsuit from other victims until a last minute settlement was reached between the parties.
While boating may seem like fun and games, it can also have dangerous consequences. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were more than 4,500 boating crashes in 2012 on waterways nationwide. This resulted in about 3,000 cases of injury and 651 deaths. Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Defective machinery
By operating a boat with care and caution, you can easily avoid many. Further, the driver must be aware of and adhere to any laws pertaining to boating. Following the law allows a boat driver to operate the vessel in the safest manner possible.
After a boating accident, the victim may bring a civil lawsuit against the driver or other wrongful parties. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering or wrongful death. If you are the victim of an accident or the accused wrongful party, it is urgent that you hire an experienced boating accident attorney as soon as possible. After a waterway crisis, call The Barkett Law Firm. We’re here to help.