Archive for the ‘Boating Accidents’ Category

Lake Powell Safety Review to Curb Accidents

Monday, August 26th, 2013

lake powellSix deaths within 10 days in June, making a total of 10 since October is the reported statistics for Lake Powell.

Chris Weaver and Pat Horning of the Lake Powell Dive Team have a lot to say about the behavior of the people who are doing recreational activities on the lake. These are the guys tasked to recover dead bodies from the lake, respond to distress call and go around reminding people on some safety issues. According to the pair, people are not aware that operating a boat requires skills and adherence to safety measures. At one time, they saw a boat with children and one young girl was lying in the bow where a wake and a wave could easily make her fall into the water with the possibility of being run over by the boat.

They also mentioned one deadly accident wherein a man fell from his boat when it hit a rock. The man was killed when the boat ran over him.

What concerned authorities at Lake Powell are the crazy stunts done by people and uploaded at YouTube. Some of these stunts were actually prohibited long ago but people still do them and the resulting consequences are sometimes fatal.

Weaver and Horning added that they wish people would use good sense and obey all rules at all times.

Lake Powell Safety Rules according to Denise Shultz of the National Park Service are the following:

  • Cliff jumping/diving is prohibited over 15 feet
  • Fly board/water jet pack: Legal, if used with good sound judgement and due care.
  • Manta ray/kite rubes: Prohibited
  • Zip-lining: Prohibited
  • Rope swinging: Not prohibited, however there are restrictions on climbing and rappelling as well as drilling bolts and creating a hazardous condition. This activity can be stopped and appropriate enforcement action can be taken depending on the circumstances.

Christensen & Hymas appreciates the efforts done by Lake Powell authorities and reminds people that rules are imposed for protection. Deaths can be avoided by following rules and using safety measures always.

Christensen & Hymas can be consulted for any concerns regarding personal injury claims. You are entitled to compensation if you have sustained injuries because of someone’s recklessness or negligence.

Original article by John Hollenhorst of

Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn.

Swimmer Killed in Hit and Run Boating Accident

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

utah_parks_boatIn August, 2011, a swimmer was hit by a boat, and left. She was swimming in Pineview Reservoir as Colton Raines and Cole Boyer, hit her with a boat they were driving. She was cut by the propeller and left as the boat sped away. The defendants are accused of leaving the swimmer to die. The trial is set for this upcoming February 11th, where the two men are faced with charges of obstruction of justice, failure to render aid, and reckless endangerment.

Boating accidents are similar to car accidents in the repercussions. Insurance is slightly different from car insurance, though the overall idea is the same. The boat operator (or driver) at the time of the accident is responsible for reporting said accident, if it causes significant injury or property damage. The exact circumstances vary from state to state, so each boat owner should know his or her state’s rules for when an accident should be reported.  Failure to report the accident within the state-regulated amount of time is considered a criminal act.

The person operating the boat is liable if any accidents occur. A person is at fault if he or she acts negligently.  If a boater adhered to all safety rules and precautions, and was mindful of other boaters, and others sharing the water, than he is considered to be a reasonable person to a jury. Persons who are responsible for causing a boating accident may face civil charges or criminal charges or both. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or acting under gross negligence may be considered by the state with criminal liability.


Michigan Boat Accident Lawyers Offer Tips on What to Do in a Boating Accident

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Statistics show that in 2010, there were a total of 4,604 boating accidents resulting in 672 fatalities and another 3,153 injuries. Our boat accident lawyers in Michigan represent victims in these types of accidents, and are ready, willing and able to help you. Boating accidents resulted in $35.5 million dollars of property damage. Michigan made up 132 of the boat accidents, 27 deaths, 90 injuries, and over $457,000 of property damage.

Since the main cause for death in a boat accident is drowning, this could substantially be reduced by wearing a life preserver. According to the Department of Natural Resources, 90 percent of the people who drown in boating accidents could have been saved if they had worn a life preserver.

What to Do When a Boating Accident Happens

As the boating season starts up for the summer, take some extra time to consider the following tips on what to when a boating accident happens.

  • Determine if anyone has been thrown overboard. Throw them a life preserver, life jacket, or other personal flotation device. Most people are not strong enough swimmers to save a drowning person by jumping in the water to get them. Even throwing a rope or anything else the person can grab onto is better.
  • Determine if anyone needs first aid or medical attention.
  • Render any aid to any other vessel involved if you are able.
  • Call the Coast Guard or other law enforcement agency to report the accident.
  • Once everyone is safely onboard and any medical attention has been provided, exchange information with the other vessel. Ask for and provide name, address, and telephone number of each person on board and any other witnesses; name and registration number of the boat; insurance company; and the insurance policy number.
  • Take photographs of any damage to the boat and any visible injuries to a person.
  • File a boating accident report with the Coast Guard and any appropriate state or local agency.
  • Contact an experienced Michigan boating accident lawyer for help in filing insurance claims and to determine if you have a legal claim against the other boater.

Contact A Boat Accident Lawyer

The Michigan boat accident injury lawyer you hire for your case must have complete and full understanding of the boating safety rules and safety practices to achieve the best results for the injured client. Our attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. have this knowledge and achieve extraordinary results for our clients who suffer serious injuries in boat accident. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case and speak with an attorney. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.