Police in Louisiana recently arrested four people involved in a boat accident that injured several people. Of the four, one man is facing six different charges, including at least one felony. The other three men are all charged with accessory after the fact of a felony hit-and-run boating accident.
The boating accident occurred back on May 2, 2020, when two aluminum boats collided. The 29-year-old driver who apparently caused the collision then ran away from the scene. The four remaining people from both boats were all injured and had to be taken to the hospital, where they were treated and later released. However, prior to being taken to the hospital, three of those passengers apparently helped the fleeing driver avoid the police.
Police contacted the driver the following day, but did not secure arrest warrants for him and the other three men until nearly two weeks later. In addition to his felony charge for hit and run, police also arrested him for carelessly operating a watercraft, lack of boat numbers, negligent injury, not displaying a valid decal certificate and not meeting education requirements for boating. His felony charge alone could put him in jail for up to 10 years.
While it is possible that some Louisiana injury victims might feel a sense of justice when those who caused their injuries face legal consequences, this is not always enough. Someone who is injured in a boating accident might have steep medical bills and even need to take time off work to recover, which usually means missing out on paychecks. Although this situation might feel hopeless, successfully navigating a personal injury claim can help victims achieve essential compensation for these types of damages.