A father, his daughter and his daughter’s friend, were all involved in a serious boating accident on Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred in Corbin, Kentucky around 4:30 p.m. The Laurel County Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating the accident, but are continuing to investigate the incident. Officials did confirm that one of the female passengers onboard the boat had been pronounced dead at the scene and the other passengers were transported via air to the hospital for serious injuries. There were no direct witnesses to the accident, but other boaters discovered the wreckage and the passengers in the water. Officials believe that alcohol and drugs were both a factor in the accident.
The requirements to operate a boat are similar to operating any other vehicle. One must acquire a license to drive the boat, and there are rules and regulations established to protect the occupants of the boat as well as other individuals. Like driving a motor vehicle, it is illegal to operate a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Operating a boat can be difficult due to the change in the environment that affect the water surface as well as being exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Combining these factors with drug or alcohol use is proven to be deadly.The skilled St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Meyerkord & Kurth are dedicated professionals with over 95 years of combined experience in boat accident cases, and are ready to serve you. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. Likewise, when represented by Meyerkord & Kurth, you will receive the personal attention and excellent service that you deserve while we work tirelessly for you to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Please contact us today for a free consultation at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318.