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Getting Compensation for Boating Injuries & Drowning Accidents

Steve Wagner

Last month, Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued an advisory that warned parents of the dangers when trying to keep kids cool in the heat.

To beat the heat, many people head for the water, be it the pool or a lake. Water bodies are hotbeds of hazards, the most serious risk being that of drowning accidents.

The warning advisory brings to spotlight last year’s boating accident at Patoka Reservoir that injured two people, including a teenager. One of the victims was operating a jet ski in the rough waters of the Patoka Reservoir, near Goose Island. The jet ski hit a wave and knocked over the passenger, a 14-year-old girl. The driver sustained back injuries, and the passenger sustained head injuries.

Because the victims were wearing life jackets, they were able to survive the accident. Without life jackets, all it takes is a few seconds and a small amount of water to kill people, especially if the victims can’t swim.

Victims of boating accidents can sue the boat owner or the operator for wrongful death or personal injury damages. Near-drowning can also cause serious injuries, which comes under the ambit of personal injury claims. The claim can be dependent upon certain circumstances, such as:

  • Whether the operator was deliberately rash or negligent, or whether the overturning was a genuine accident, due to “forces of nature”
  • If the accident happened to a boat carrying many passengers, whether there were sufficient life jackets for every person on the boat.
  • Whether the boat had other safety equipment, such as a floatation device to throw out to someone who might wind up overboard.
  • Whether the floatation devices used were Coast Guard approved. Arm floats, tubes, and noodles are not reliable as safety devices.

Success in such cases invariably depends on the services of skilled and adept Indiana injury lawyers who can consider the case from different angles and rake up strong evidence. Wagner Reese has such personal injury attorneys. Contact us at (888) 204-8440, and our injury lawyers will undertake a free evaluation of your case. We do not charge any money upfront.


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