Although we are just getting into spring and summer is right around the corner, Texas has already witnessed several serious boating accidents. Three individuals were arrested at the beginning of May for a boating accident on Lake Conroe, about 2.5 hours south of Dallas, that resulted in no injuries. However, the investigation uncovered that the boat’s driver was intoxicated and hit a stump, resulting in the vessel taking on water and 911 being dispatched. All five occupants were assisted by the rescue team and taken to the Cagle Boat Ramp.
In another early season incident, a Texas man died after a boating accident in Louisiana on May 5th. An 86-year-old Magnolia man died and another 85-year-old Louisiana man was missing after their boat overturned near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Both of these incidents highlight the importance of boating safety as we approach summer. While boating is a favorite pastime of many Texas residents, it is imperative to understand basic safety procedures in order to ensure no one is injured, or worse.
Texas Ranks Third in Boating Deaths
According to the United States Coast Guard, Texas ranks third in the nation for boating deaths, behind only Florida and California. Texas is not only home to the Gulf of Mexico, but numerous other waterways, so it should come as no surprise that boating is so popular. Not only is it a great way to cool down from the hot summer days, but it is a great way to relax. However, many times this relaxation leads to serious consequences, especially when safety is not a concern. Each year, there are more than 4,000 boating accidents in Texas, resulting in nearly 600 deaths.
Regardless of the circumstances, boating accidents are serious, tragic, and an unfortunately common occurrence. From residential to commercial vessels and offshore rigs, boats are constantly having to compete for space on the water. This is why accidents like collisions between boats and boaters are so common. While boating under the influence of alcohol and poor judgment is perhaps the leading causes of boating accidents in Texas, there are a host of other common reasons these types of accidents take place:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Use of alcohol
- Machinery failure
- Violation of navigational rules
- Hazardous waters
- Inclement weather
If you have been involved in a boating accident in Texas, please contact Shamieh Law today. Our personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of cases similar to this and will be happy to assist you. We understand how serious these types of accidents can be and will do everything we can to offer our legal expertise. We are here to help and want to make sure you understand your rights following any type of boating accident in Texas. Ramez Shamieh is considered a leading personal injury lawyer, receiving the esteemed Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.