With warmer weather arriving and the school year ending, boaters are heading to the many lakes and rivers in Missouri. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, spending time on the river can be both exciting and relaxing. However, just as one must take precautions to avoid a personal injury accident on the road, so there are risks involved while boating. One family is mourning the loss of a promising teen following a tragic and preventable boat accident.
A 35-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter were taking a boat ride with two friends. The pilot of the boat, a 32-year-old man, was powering the vessel upstream on the Black River when an aluminum boat racing downstream veered into his path. The aluminum boat crashed head-on into the other vessel. Both passengers in the aluminum boat and all four people in the other vessel were ejected into the water.
The 16-year-old died at the scene, and four others were rushed to a Missouri hospital in serious condition, including the 27-year-old pilot of the aluminum boat. The other pilot was only moderately injured. While the pilot of the aluminum boat recovers in the hospital, police continue to investigate his role the accident. They may file charges against him for boating while intoxicated resulting in physical injury and death.
Meanwhile, the other victims of the accident continue to recover from their injuries. They also face the sad task of making final arrangements for the youngest in their group. Families in similar situations often find themselves overwhelmed with emotions as their financial burdens increase. With the help of a personal injury attorney, some are able to successfully seek compensation to help them cope with their suffering.