A boating accident last weekend killed an 8-year-old Texas boy. A man was arrested on drunk driving and other changes. The 8-year-old boy and two other boys were riding in an inflated tube behind a boat when the boat turned and the tube hit the bank, throwing them out.
The accident killed the boy. His mother was among the four passengers in the bass boat. Another boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the third boy was treated for minor injuries. A 35-year-old man was jailed on five charges, including vehicular homicide, or killing someone while driving drunk. He was also charged with vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, violating a no-wake zone, and DWI with child endangerment. The man was not related to any of the boys.
Boating under the influence of alcohol is both deadly and illegal under Texas law. Every year in Houston, people are killed or injured in boating accidents that are caused by the negligence of boat drivers. Some of these accidents involve direct collisions, which occur when a person is hit or run over by a boat. In other cases, passengers may be ejected from boats because of careless operation. Most boating accidents are caused by intoxication, lack of proper training, driving recklessly, failing to keep a proper lookout, or using old equipment.
Many injuries that occur in boating accidents involve the negligence of family members or friends. This can make the victim reluctant to pursue a case. However, typically insurance companies are involved that can pay damages on behalf of the negligent party.
Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been injured in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another person. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case, or visit us on Facebook.