Sadly, a young girl was killed recently and seven people were injured in a Maryland boat accident on Chesapeake Bay.
According to Reuters, the accident involved a speedboat race, where an operator lost control of his vessel and slammed it into spectators who were watching from other boats that were tethered together.
The accident occurred on June 28 around 5 p.m., off Kent Island, where the 25th annual Thunder on the Narrows race was taking place. Organizers dub the event as “NASCAR on the water.”
The crash killed a 7-year-old girl. Injured victims were flown to the University of Maryland Trauma Center in Baltimore. The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
Unfortunately, the speedboat accident was not the only incident that took place over the weekend in Maryland. Reuters also reported that a boat capsized off Kent Island during the race event, and in a different accident, one man died and eight people were injured in a pontoon crash in Lake Linganore.
Last Friday, we blogged about unsafe boating practices on Maryland water.
If you are a boat operator and/or owner, and your vessel is involved in an injury accident, you could be held liable. Just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for ensuring the safety of occupants aboard a vessel. When a boating accident occurs because of recklessness, someone should be held accountable.
If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in a recreational boating accident, speak to our Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. attorneys about pursuing litigation.
Our firm is well-versed in handling difficult items that may come up during litigation, including questions about insurance coverage. Have a safe weekend!
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.