The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to process. No matter their age, it can come unexpectedly if a negligent party suddenly took a loved one’s life away. Family members of loved ones who have been wrongfully killed have legal protections to consider.
A woman from the Los Angeles area was recently killed in a fatal boating accident in a neighboring state. The fatal accident occurred when the speeding boat she was riding in crashed and flipped, throwing of several victims into the lake. Several victims were thrown from the speeding 35-foot twin-engine motor boat. Another man from California also died in the fatal boating accident.
According to authorities, alcohol appears to be a factor in the fatal boating accident, and the accident remains under investigation following it. A vigil was recently held for the victim who was described as someone who loved life. Family members noted that the accident could have been prevented and urged safety precautions when enjoying the water and boating activities.
Boating accidents can cause serious injuries and death, which is why the legal process protects victims and their loved ones. When a negligent driver of a boat, or other vehicle in a car accident or other type of accident, has harmed victims or loved ones, it may be possible to pursue a claim for damages against the negligent driver for the harm suffered. Depending on the circumstances, surviving family members may be able to recover wrongful death damages such as funeral and medical expenses, loss of support and services and other damages as well.
Victims of a boating accident and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been placed in jeopardy by a negligent or careless driver and suffered tragedy as a result. The legal process is designed to help victims and their families as they face a challenging and uncertain future following a fatal accident.
Source: NBCLosAngeles.com, “Woman Killed in Lake Havasu Boat Crash ‘Loved Life’,” Beverly White, June 17, 2017