What is an Example of a Boating Accident Case?

In this video, attorney Kathy McArthur offers an example of a boating accident case she handled. The result of this extremely tragic case led to laws being passed requiring underage boat drivers to take safety classes before being allowed to take a motorized boat on the water. It is our hope that these increased safety measures will reduce boat accidents in the future to save lives.

Video Transcription:

So, the mother, daughter are in the boat. The boys are being pulled on the banana. And they’re about to go in. And the boys say one more time, mom, one more time. And so, she’s going to just pull them slowly around the island. They were going around in the boat. They’re having a nice day. It’s a beautiful day on the lake. Well what they didn’t know was that coming from the opposite direction was a speedboat being driven by a 16-year-old. Who didn’t have licensure. Didn’t have training particularly. And he’s flying and he’s looking over his shoulder behind him instead of ahead of him. All of a sudden, he looks forward and sees them. And says, oh my god what should I do? Rather than cutting the engine, he decided the best thing for him to do was to try to jump the rope between the boat and the boys. So, of course what happened is when he tried to jump the rope it caught the rope. And slammed the boys into the boat. And it killed the guest, little boy. And badly injured the other little boy so horrible to think of losing your child’s life. But, the very idea too of having someone else’s child in your care and something like that happening. And their child is killed while you’re the person responsible. It was the most painful case I have ever worked on for everybody concerned. The father of the child who was killed made it his life’s work to get voting laws changed. Such that kids that age could not drive. Just like hunting classes. And licensing to be hunters. And safe hunter classes. And they’re safe boat driver. You have to take a class. You have to be certified. And you can’t drive a boat that’s like that if you’re that age now. Since the case where their child was killed. But, their child will never be brought back. But it won’t happen to somebody else. At the McArthur Law Firm, our job is to fight for you. To make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us call 1-888-WE-FIGHT or go to our website McArthurLawFirm.com.