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Connecticut police: alcohol involved in fatal boating accident

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 03, 2012 in Boating Accidents

When the phrase "drunk driving" is said out loud, most people think about motor vehicles. They think about a driver behind the wheel of a car swerving in and out of their designated lane. While this behavior is extremely dangerous, there is another kind of drunk driving that many people seem to forget about. If you have been injured in a boating accident and you're looking for a personal injury lawyer in Connecticut contact D'Amico & Pettinicchi today for a free consultation. 

Boating while intoxicated is as dangerous as getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol. Part of the real danger is that many people don't think twice about cracking a beer while operating a powerful boat. Individuals who drink on a boat are often out in the sun for long hours and fail to stay hydrated. A Connecticut man recently learned how fatal his choice to drink and boat could be, and another man paid the price.

The 41-year-old man was charged with manslaughter and boating under the influence on Friday for an accident that occurred in April. The man had been operating a 17-foot power boat on Mashapaug Lake in Union and carrying another 40-year-old man as a passenger. At some point during the day, the driver ran the boat aground, causing minor injuries to himself and critical injuries to his passenger. After hanging on for four long days, the passenger died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a negligent operator, our experienced personal injury lawyers in Waterbury will review your claim during a free, no obligation consultation.

While criminal charges may address the actions of the individual, it does little to help the family who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The family doesn't just have to say goodbye to their loved one, they have to pay for the funeral costs to do so. A family also often suffers the loss of income from a primary earner and is left with large medical bills for the period spent trying to save the victim's life. Compensation won't bring back their loved one, but it can provide the funding necessary to help them rebuild their lives.

Source: Norwich Bulletin, "Connecticut man charged in fatal boating accident," Aug. 3, 2012