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Lightning a risk for boaters


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 23, 2015 in Boating Accidents

Though it is currently snowy and cold in the state of Connecticut, there are likely many individuals who own boats who are dreaming about the day that the temperatures will make it possible to get back onto the water. While a favorite hobby for many, it can also be quite dangerous.

There are many ways in which boating can be risky. One of the ways in which someone on a boat might be injured is in a lightning strike. In fact, the odds of a boat being struck by lightning are around one in a thousand. This is significantly higher than the one in a million odds a person otherwise faces in regard to the event occurring. While states located in the Southeast portion of the country report the highest frequency of boating lightening claims, it can happen in Connecticut as well.

Certain types of boats are more likely to be involved in a lightning strike than others. For example, statistically, powerboats are safer in this regard than monohull sailboats with tall masts. Bass boats, runabouts and pontoons are even safer, recording 0.1 chance in 1,000 of being struck.

It is important that those who use boats for recreational activities pay close attention to the boating conditions. For example, when the weather turns bad and lightning becomes an issue, the person in charge should take steps to get the vessel and its occupants to safety. Doing so could keep those on the boat from suffering a serious injury, or even dying.

In some situations following a lightning strike it is possible that a personal injury lawsuit could be filed. If you were hurt or a loved one died as a result of the negligent actions taken by those in charge of a boat, you may want to consult a lawyer.