On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
Driving any kind of motorized vehicle comes with a lot of responsibility, since motorized vehicles have the potential to seriously injure people. Whether a person is driving a bus, truck, car or any other kind of motorized vehicle, careful operation of the vehicle is important. While less commonly talked about, watercrafts like boats and jet skis can be just as dangerous as vehicles on land.
Two Colorado families learned this all too well this past weekend. A Colorado man was driving a boat on Lake McConaughy in Nebraska with his daughter and her family as passengers. A jet ski then crashed into the boat and landed inside. The accident killed the boat’s driver.
The boat driver’s daughter and granddaughters as well as the jet ski’s driver were injured. At the time of the collision the boat was apparently slowly nearing a dock. The driver of the jet ski has been charged with manslaughter and reckless and negligent operation of a personal watercraft.
This family’s long Labor Day weekend was drastically changed by the death of their father and grandfather. The jet ski driver likely did not intend to collide with the boat, however the boat driver’s family must still face the fact that they lost a loved one. When families face an accident like this, they may feel like recovering is impossible. While moving forward after a loved one’s death may be very challenging emotionally, financial compensation for costs incurred as a result of the accident may eliminate some worry.
If an accident occurs and results in a wrongful death, consulting a legal professional knowledgeable about receiving financial compensation may ease financial concerns.
Source: NP Telegraph.com, “Colo. Man killed in Lake Mac boat crash,” Heather Johnson, Sept. 5, 2012
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