If you or a loved one were injured on Barren River Lake in any type of boating or water related accident, contact us today for a free consultation. You will be connected directly to one of our experienced attorneys immediately.
Barren River Lake is considerably smaller than some of the other man-made lakes in northern Kentucky. It’s also a reservoir, and its size is about 10,000 acres. Most of the boats that are docked on the lake are pontoon boats. Personal watercraft, jet skis and fishing boats are towed there. Most fishermen also tow their boats to one of the many launches on the lake and put them in the water from one of those or rent a boat from a marina. Like all of the lakes in northern Kentucky, Barren River Lake is a great fishing lake.
No Safety Certification Requirements
So long as they’re 18 years of age or older, Kentucky boat operators aren’t required to obtain any type of boater safety certification. The boat need only be registered. Regardless of the lack of any safety certification requirements, anybody operating a boat on Barren River Lake or anywhere else in Kentucky must use due care and caution for the safety of others who are on or in the water.
Common Boating Accident Injuries
Many people just aren’t aware of the fact that they can be severely injured or even die on a lake. Here are some common causes of boating accidents:
- Excessive speed, especially at night or when a lake is crowded.
- Operator inexperience.
- Failure to follow the rules of navigation.
- Failure to have a lookout to act as a second set of eyes, especially at night.
- Operating a boat in poor weather conditions.
Boating Accident Injuries
Regardless of the fact that boating can be a relaxing recreational activity, people get hurt or even lose their lives as a result of the negligence of others. Here are some of the more common boating accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries from a blow to the head or oxygen deprivation after being thrown into the water.
- Traumatic spinal cord injuries from an impact.
- Multiple fractures requiring surgery.
- Organ damage requiring surgery.
- Severe head and facial lacerations.
- Severe dental injuries.
Just like in a motor vehicle accident, the operator of a boat can change your life forever by causing permanent injuries or taking the life of a family member. Under Kentucky law, you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. You can contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case review on any boating injury or death claim. We’re going to listen to you carefully and answer your questions. After that, we’ll advise you on your full range of legal options. Don’t hesitate to contact us after being injured or losing a loved one in any boating accident anywhere in Kentucky.