Were You Seriously Injured on the 4th of July?
The Fourth of July is a great time to get out on the water and spend time with family and friends. Being in the DFW Metroplex, we are lucky because we are surrounded by an assortment of lakes and waterways where we can get away for the holiday. The problem with the high traffic that occurs on the lake, is the very real possibility that you or a loved one may be seriously injured.
According to U.S Department of Homeland Security, in 2017 there were 170 accidents making Texas third in the country for the highest number of boating accidents. (Keeping in mind that these accidents are only the ones that someone reported an injury.)
Accidents can include:
- Injuring yourself by slipping or falling on a wet surface on the boat or on the dock
- Collision with an object, the shore, or another boat resulting in flooding, sinking, or capsizing
- Being thrown overboard while on the boat, stepping in or off the boat, or while being towed by a boat
- Not having the proper safety equipment on board or having inadequate or poorly maintained equipment
- A mechanical error that causes an explosion or fire resulting in severe burns or injuries
- The tipping or sinking of a boat due to a number of causes
- Any type of accident caused by the intoxication of a boat or jet ski operator or passenger
If you are injured while on the water, it is important to seek counsel because there are many ways someone can breach their duty of care to you as a passenger or as a patron of the lake, including:
- Failing to have a boating license
- Being intoxicated or impaired
- Not driving the vessel appropriately or legally
- Improper maintenance of the boat
- Overcrowding on the boat
- Not knowing the rules of towing
- Lack of safety equipment
- And many more
Being on the lake is fun, but as you can see, it can be hazardous if people don’t take the proper care. If you are going boating this holiday season, please be safe and be aware. If something does happen, however, reach out to a board-certified attorney, because you may have a personal injury claim.