Boating accidents are common in the summertime. Boats are often out on the several lakes in Texas. There are 600,000 registered boats in Texas. That number ranks 6th in the United States. Texas has more inland water than any other state in the United States, so there are a lot of boats in the area especially with the summer heat in Texas. In the recent year of 2010, there were 27 boating fatalities. There were 318 boating while intoxicated (BWI) citations handed out that year as well. All children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times while in a boat in the state of Texas. Nearly 85 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket at the time of death. A Houston personal injury lawyer can help their client receive compensation for injuries suffered in a boating accident.
This past weekend a pleasure boat had struck a tug boat. The operator of the pleasure boat had died in the accident. The pleasure boat sank and the operator drowned. His body was found on July 9th near the Intracoastal Waterway near Sabine Lake. The cause of the crash was unknown. Typical boating fatalities are caused by open motorboats and the victim falling overboard. The most common time for a boating accident is on the weekends between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. The typical ages of boat operator's involved in accidents are from 26 to 50. A Houston Boating Accident lawyer can help their client with damages and medical bills in case of a boating accident.