Accidents can happen anywhere. Most people who operate boats for a living or recreationally know that a serious accident could take place on the water at any time. Unfortunately, a boat accident can lead to serious or fatal injuries for those involved, and compensation for damages may be needed.
It was recently reported by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that a fatal boating accident took place. The incident involved a fishing boat and a crew boat, and the two vessels apparently collided. Details on exactly how the accident took place were not given in the report. It was mentioned that the event took place around 2:30 p.m., and at least five people were involved.
The operator of the fishing boat suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. One passenger in that boat suffered severe injuries and was in the intensive care unit at the time of the report. Another passenger was treated for a laceration. The two individuals on the crew boat did not suffer injuries. Additional information on how the incident occurred may be available at a later time.
A boat accident can quickly turn into a devastating event, and this incident was no different. The family of the individual killed is undoubtedly feeling immense grief over the situation. It may be possible for them to file a wrongful death claim against the parties considered responsible for the incident. It may also be possible for the seriously injured passenger to file a personal injury claim. Information from the investigation of the incident will likely prove vital, and the individuals may want to go over their legal options with Louisiana maritime law attorneys to fully understand their options.