Boy Killed by Speedboat, Family Sues Lake
The family of a ten year-old boy has filed suit against Fox Waterway Agency and Spring Lake Marina after their son was hit and killed by a speedboat on Petite Lake. The boy was hit by a speed boat driver who was intoxicated and had cocaine in his system at the time. The boy died at the scene, and the driver pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in the death. The family claims that despite the lake being known for people to come and consume alcohol the defendants marketed the lake as a place for families. The suit claims the operators were also negligent in failing to restrict boat sizes on the small lake.
Owners of a premise owe a duty to invitees to make reasonably safe dangerous condition the owners know of or should know of. Here, the management at the lake failed to warn families that speedboats were being used on the lake, and that intoxicated drivers may be present. Obviously, a lake that advertises drunken boaters on speedboats won't be very successful or stay in business long. However, the management had a duty to do something. This included calling police on suspected drunk boaters or kicking those who act dangerously on boats off the lake. There are a multitude of ways the management could handle these problems.
Premises liability and safety of patrons of a business or public place plays an important role in our society. It is paramount to determine who bears the responsibility of an unsafe condition of a public place. The attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with premises liability cases and can help you recover for injuries that you or a family member sustain while on a business owner's property that is open to the public. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.
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