Baltimore Man Indicted for Fatal Boat Accident
CBS News Baltimore reports that a man has been charged in connection to a boat accident that occurred over the summer that left two women dead.
The accident occurred when a recreational boat slammed into a pillar at the Key Bridge. The crash allegedly injured six passengers, in addition to killing the two women aboard.
The man who was operating the boat was charged with manslaughter by vessel, homicide by vessel while under the influence of alcohol, homicide by vessel while impaired by alcohol, homicide by vessel while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance and homicide by vessel while impaired by drugs.
Following his arrest, he was released on $25,000 bond. The vessel involved in the incident was a 37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer. We blogged about the accident this August.
What to Do Following a Drunk Boating Accident
Boat operators have a duty to make sure passengers on vessels are kept safe. This includes avoiding drunk boating, which can harm an operator’s ability to function on the water. Sadly, about 50 percent of recreational boating accidents involve alcohol use. This is unacceptable, as drunk boating is avoidable.
If you have been hurt or your loved one has been killed in a drunk boating accident, you may be able to hold an operator liable through a lawsuit. You can use any money you obtain through litigation to help pay for medical expenses or burial costs, in addition to it helping you recover lost income. However, prior to moving forward with a claim, you should speak to an experienced maritime injury attorney.
In some recreational boat accident cases, insurers will attempt to limit damages paid, so it may be in your best interest to seek quality legal advice in dealing with the complexities of litigation.
In the video above, attorney Carolyn Latti discusses how you can contact our maritime law firm for a free consultation following a recreational boating accident.