Friday, May 8, 2015

Boating Accidents on the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake Area is well-known as a top vacation destination in the Midwest, with several attractions for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Boating on the Lake of the Ozarks is top on the to-do list for most tourists (and many of the locals). Boating is a wonderful activity for people of all ages, but there are several risks associated with it that should not be taken lightly.

Boating on the Lake of the Ozarks

Motor vehicles that operate on land are carefully regulated to ensure that only competent, capable drivers get behind the wheel. Teenagers aren't allowed to drive cars unsupervised until they are sixteen years old, and drunk drivers face serious consequences for their actions. 

For some reason, many people do not realize that the law treats operating a boat as seriously as they do cars - boaters may allow young, inexperienced drivers to take the helm, or they may opt to drive themselves boat after having a few drinks. What these people fail to realize is that operating a boat is just as regulated as operating a car or motorcycle, and that accidents resulting from negligent or drunk boaters also bring serious legal consequences.

Consequences of Boating Accidents on the Lake of the Ozarks

The term "boating accident" refers to any accident involving boats, waverunners, jet skis, or cruisers. The most common reasons for boating accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks are as follows:
  • Operator Negligence
  • Inexperience
  • Excessive Speed
  • Alcohol Usage
Operator negligence takes several different forms, including operating the boat in dangerous weather or driving too closely to swimmers. If you have been injured at the hands of a boat driver has shown any of these signs, you may have the right to financial compensation for your medical bills, property damages, and accompanying pain and suffering. Boating accidents should be handled similarly to automobile accidents - preserving evidence from these accidents is often crucial to the success of your case. If you have been injured in a boating accident, we encourage you to contact our boating accident attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks immediately.

High-Quality Representation for Your Boating Accident

The team at McDuffey Law Firm LLC would like to remind you all to stay safe on the water this summer season. While you obviously cannot control the actions of the other boaters around you, you can do your part by wearing a life jacket and staying attentive and alert. Together, we can work to make boating on the Lake of the Ozarks a safer experience for everyone involved.

McDuffey Law Firm, LLC
Ph. (573) 302-7211
Fax. (573) 302-7215

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Osage Beach, Mo 65065
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