Boating Accidents

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Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and 863,000 registered boats. With over 800,000 boats there are sure to be boating accidents that lead to serious personal injuries and even death. Indeed, there were 73 non-fatal boating accidents and 12 boating fatalities reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2010. In one accident, a 27 year-old man died after falling off a wake board directly in the path of a towboat and barges headed upstream on the Mississippi River. The boat’s operator did not notice the towboat and barges until it was too late to pick-up his friend who was at that point directly in front of the tow’s path. The towboat operator noticed the victim and frantically tried to avoid hitting him, but the tow operator lost sight of the victim as the tow approached him. The wake boarder, who was wearing a life jacket, apparently went under the bow of a lead barge and was found several hours later lying dead between two barges with his life jacket still on.

While this was certainly a sad incident, boating accidents often result in serious burn injuries, broken bones, back/neck/spine injuries, head injuries and even death. These accidents are usually caused by inexperience, intoxication, or a boat malfunction. Over a third of both fatal and non-fatal boat accidents are alcohol related. Indeed, experts say that boat operators with a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher are 10 times more likely to be injured or killed in a boating accident than sober operators.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, please call our Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyers - Attorneys now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation.

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
Adress: 301 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 378N
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Phone: (612) 387-7229
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