Boating safety is never more important than in the summer. Many people in the Kansas City area and throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas like to get out on the water during our hot summers. With more boating traffic, however, comes a greater risk of a boating accident.

Just a few weeks ago, a serious boat crash occurred in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Two boats were heading the same direction after midnight when one hit the other from behind. According to Missouri Water Patrol, a 66-year-old beater crashed into a boat being driven by a 27-year-old. The 66-year-old was injured in the crash, and his boat was totaled. Fortunately, the 27-year-old did not sustain any injuries in the crash, but his boat was damaged.

This accident clearly shows the dangerous side of boating — especially when you are out after dark. While boating can be a fun and safe activity for people of all ages, if drivers are not careful, things can go from fun to frightening very quickly.

If you do find yourself or your child injured in a boating accident, it is important to be aware of your options. Just like being injured in a car accident, boating accident victims may be able to seek compensation from a negligent boater for their injuries. Because there are different things to consider when determining whether to file a personal injury lawsuit over a boat accident, it may be wise to work with an attorney who can help explain the process;.

Source: KSDK, “Denis Repa hurt, boat totaled in Lake of the Ozarks crash,” Dave Keiser, July 20, 2013

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