According to the U.S. Coast Guard, from 2013 to 2014, deaths increased from 560 to 610, an 8.9% increase, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2% increase and the total number of accidents increased from 4,062 to 4,064, a 0.05% increase. Where the cause of death was known, 78% of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. The vessel types with the highest number of fatalities were open motorboats, canoes and kayaks. Go here to read the entire USCG report.
Federal law requires the operator – or owner, if the operator is deceased or unable to make the report – to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority when, as a result of an occurrence that involves a boat or its equipment:
Go to this site to learn about filing a boating accident report.
Learn about the specific boating laws in Texas by going to this site. Topics covered in the reference guide include boating education, operator age, water skiing, boat noise, numbering & titling, personal watercraft, boating under the influence, personal flotation devices and more.
Common causes of Dallas and Fort Worth boating accidents include:
failure to yield;
excessive speed and alcohol use.
When someone is injured, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas;
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas;
Plaza Medical Center - Fort Worth;
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital - Fort Worth.
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to find an experienced Dallas/Fort Worth Mullen and Mullen Dallas - Fort Worth boating accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. An experienced boating crash lawyer understands the unique maritime laws that affect a claim. Since most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with a Dallas Mullen and Mullen personal injury lawyer right away.
John Cookson, 17, was kayaking with friends on Village Creek Wednesday night when his kayak flipped. Cookson was taken to the hospital where he died. Cookson worked for Globe Life Park as a valet. Authorities say Cookson and his companions were not wearing life preservers.
29-year-old Joshua Reed was on a kayaking outing with five other people on Trinity River, when they mistakenly entered a restricted area near an Eagle Mountain Lake dam at about 7:00 p.m.