If you or a loved one were injured on Lake Barkley 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.
Just one of the advantages of being on Lake Barkley is that you can access Kentucky Lake next door by water. That’s because at the north end of both of the lakes, there’s a canal that will take you from one lake to the other. Lake Barkley is 118 miles long, and it has more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. It consists of nearly 58,000 acres. Fishing is the most popular activity on both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. There are also ski boats, houseboats and pontoons to relax on.
The Training Issue
Anybody operating a boat in Kentucky has a legal duty to operate it in a safe and careful manner. Given the fact that boats are run on the water, they present more dangers than vehicles designed for roadways. Most people who are operating watercraft haven’t even been properly trained. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 77 percent of all boating accidents are caused by people with no boat operation training whatsoever.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Much like motor vehicle accidents, every boating accident is different. One of the most dangerous and frequently seen accidents is a collision with another boat on the water. A few other causes of boat accidents follow:
- Skier mishaps.
- Personal watercraft or jet ski mishaps.
- Speeding and recklessness.
- Operator inexperience.
- Rowdy or poorly behaved passengers.
- Hazardous weather conditions.
- Running over people in the water.
Common Boating Accident Injuries
Add alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two with wind, and sun, and there’s a potential for even more danger on the water. Careless or reckless boat operators can turn an otherwise great day into a disaster. Remember, there aren’t any seat belts or air bags on boats. They don’t have brakes either. At even just 25 mph, bodies can get tossed all over a boat. Sometimes boating accident victims are even thrown into the water. Here are some common boating accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries that might be permanent.
- Spinal cord injuries that are likely to be permanent.
- Multiple fractures.
- Organ damage.
- Severe lacerations to the head and face.
- Severe dental injuries.
If you were involved in a boating accident, and you were injured or lost a family member as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another person, you might be eligible for compensation for your losses. You can contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation, and we can discuss the details of your accident. We’ll answer your questions, and after that, we’ll advise you of your full range of legal options. Arrange for that consultation right away. If we enter into a retainer agreement with you, no legal fees at all will be even due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. We want to make getting maximum compensation for your losses as easy as possible for you.