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Speed, alcohol possible factors in fatal boating accident

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 16, 2013 in Boating Accidents

One thing that many Connecticut families look forward to during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday is having an extra day to relax with friends and family over the weekend. Many folks plan to spend this time on the water. However, it is important for people to keep in mind that dangerous boating accidents often happen during the summer and holiday weekends.

In Connecticut, boaters should be educated on safe operating habits. They should know that a driver must be at least 16 years old and that every passenger should have a life preserver. Boaters should be responsible and safe behind the wheel, and people know that it is also illegal to operate a boat while intoxicated. However, not everyone complies with these rules and the result is often a tragic crash.

Recently, a tragic boat accident resulted in injuries and two fatalities. Police say that the accident happened when one boat crashed into another, which was docked. Two people on the moving boat were killed in the collision and others on the docked boat were injured. 

Reports indicate that the moving boat was in a no wake zone, which means that boats must be travelling slow enough so as not to create a wake behind them. Initial investigation suggests that the moving boat was travelling too fast for the area, and authorities believe that alcohol may also have been a factor in the accident. 

Speeding and alcohol are two common factors in boat accidents. Boats can be very powerful, and the presence of water makes drowning a very real possibility in crashes. Before the summer gets underway, boaters in Connecticut should take the time to make sure their boats are safe and that they clearly understand the rules with which they must comply. Those who ignore these responsibilities can end up facing serious consequences for their reckless behavior and negligence. Should you be injured in a boating accident that was caused by the actions of another individual, contact a Waterbury injury attorney to learn more about your options. At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our injury lawyers offer a free, no obligation consultation and also charge no upfront fees if we take on your case.

Source: FOX23, "Speed, alcohol may have played role in fatal crash," Janai Norman, May 15, 2013

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