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Connecticut man arrested for December fatal boating accident


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 26, 2013 in Boating Accidents

Operators of boats are expected to comply with many of the same laws that operators of motor vehicles must follow. While some of the rules of the road do not apply to boating, or are enforced at different levels, it is still crucial that boaters comply with the basic responsibilities of operating any vehicle. They are supposed to be sober, focused and responsible behind the wheel, whether they are on the road or on the water.

Unfortunately, people mistakenly believe that they do not need to pay much attention to the laws when they are in a boat. Some of the common risks that people take on the water, which are similar to the ones that people often take on the road, include speeding, underage driving, failure to comply with boating regulations and drunk boating. These reckless behaviors can put others in serious danger of being hurt or killed in a boating accident.

Recently, a Connecticut man was arrested for an accident that occurred last December in which a passenger on his boat was killed. Reports indicate that the accident happened when the man who was arrested drove his boat into a dock piling while trying to return the boat to a ramp on the Housatonic River. The impact of the crash caused his passenger to fall out of the boat and drown.

He was recently arrested and is now facing charges related to failure to maintain proper looking, speed in excess of slow-no-wake zone and reckless boating all of which resulted in the wrongful death of his passenger.

The charges that this man is facing are similar to the ones that a driver might face in a fatal car crash. It is generally safe to assume that people who operate boats are expected to do so in a manner similar to how they would operate a car. Drivers and boaters who are reckless and negligent behind the wheel can put other innocent people in danger of getting hurt in an accident. Dangerous drivers can and should be held accountable for the damage that they cause as result of their carelessness.

Source: CBS Connecticut, "Chaplin Man Charged In Fatal Boating Accident," March 22, 2013