If you or a loved one were injured in any type of boating or water related accident on Cumberland Lake, contact us today for a free consultation. You will be connected directly to one of our experienced attorneys immediately.
Compared to other lakes in Kentucky, Lake Cumberland is large. It’s actually a reservoir fed by the Cumberland River with more than 1,250 miles of shoreline. It’s more than 101 miles long and crosses six counties. The actual body of water covers 65,530 acres. More than 1,500 houseboats are docked on Cumberland Lake, and many other types of boats are trailered there and launched in its waters.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents and Fatalities
Cumberland Lake boating accidents aren’t a daily occurrence. You’ll hear about them in the news on occasion, especially between May and September. Unfortunately, they might include accounts of severe injuries and fatalities. Most of those fatalities are from drownings. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 86 percent of all drownings resulting from boating accidents, the victim wasn’t wearing a life vest. Many of these accidents occur at the end of the day or in the evening when boat operators become tired and inattentive after a long day on the water. Here are some other common causes of boating accident injuries and fatalities:
- Operating at a high speeds.
- Alcohol consumption,drug consumption or both.
- Lack of experience of the person operating the boat.
- Lack of a second set of eyes as a lookout.
- Operator distraction.
- Poorly behaved passengers.
- Causing a small boat to capsize.
- Collisions with other boats, jetties or structures.
Some people are even so careless that they run out of fuel before or during a bad storm. They don’t pay any attention at all to the gas gauge or rapidly changing weather conditions.
Common Serious Injuries
There aren’t any seat belts or air bags on recreational boats. As a result, operators and passengers can be tossed like rag dolls in an accident. Here are some common injuries resulting from trauma in boating accidents:
- Brain injuries from being thrown into a hard object or from when a victim is unconscious in the water.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Multiple fractures like broken ribs from being thrown into an object.
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
- Deep lacerations, especially to the head and face.
- Dental injuries.
If you were injured in a boating accident anywhere in Kentucky as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, compensation might be available for you. Contact us as soon as possible to arrange for a free consultation and case review. 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. No initial retainer fee is even required. That’s because we take these cases on a contingency fee basis. Don’t hesitate to contact us right away after being injured in any boating accident.