Why Do Recreational Boats Capsize?
When it comes to recreational boating accidents, capsizing incidents are not uncommon. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2013, there were an estimated 250 capsizing events reported to the agency involving recreational boats, resulting in about 175 deaths and more than 330 injuries.
Unfortunately, capsizing incidents can occur for a number of reasons, including overcrowding, superficial vessel issues and collisions with other vessels, as well as collisions with rocks, docks, jetties, piers and sandbars. Many of these issues are avoidable. Often operator inattention, inexperience or recklessness plays a role in capsizing accidents.
Aside from drowning and death, capsizing incidents can result in serious injuries stemming from trauma, cardiac arrest and hypothermia.
Woman Killed in Georgia Capsizing Incident
Sadly, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a recreational boat capsized on Lake Lanier on March 15, causing one woman to drown. The news outlet reported that Yang Kim, 29, was found dead when rangers discovered a Monterrey boat upside down in Hall County, Georgia. Reports indicate that the boat was found near a rock cropping by a bridge.
Another passenger on the boat, Young Tae Shim, 34, was also reportedly discovered and transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center for injury treatment. Investigators are still trying to determine why the vessel capsized.
Speaking to an Attorney About a Recreational Boating Accident
If your loved one is killed or you are injured in a recreational boating accident, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. It will be important to determine which laws pertain to your situation. An experienced attorney can determine if faulty equipment or recklessness resulted in your injuries, or in the death of your loved one.
An attorney that deals with nationwide boating accidents will know whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit. In the video above, our attorney talks about what you should do following a boating accident.
Latti & Anderson LLP – Nationwide Maritime Attorneys[Latti’s Little Extra: In 2013, there were 4,062 recreational boating accidents reported to the Coast Guard, resulting in 560 deaths.]