The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that a Lee’s Summit, Missouri woman was killed on Lake of the Ozarks during the Labor Day weekend when the boat she was riding in backed into a dock and crashed into several other boats at full speed. Every year, hundreds of people are injured or killed on Missouri’s lakes and rivers through the negligent operation of watercraft. These accidents range from small watercraft such as jet ski and wave runner size crafts to much larger boats.
When someone is injured or killed in a boating accident, the operator of the boat or boats involved in the accident may be liable for the injuries or wrongful death. An accident involving a pleasure boat in Missouri may involve issues of federal and state rules and regulations regarding procedures for watercraft operation. Missouri navigable waters are included within areas governed by certain federal rules and regulations regarding the operation of watercraft, including pleasure craft. With so many pleasure craft operating in Missouri waters, from the Missouri River in St. Charles, the Mississippi River in St. Louis to the Lake of the Ozarks, the Missouri boat accident attorney will want to be familiar with these rules. The Coast Guard publishes information regarding operational procedures on navigable waters. This information can be obtained from their website.
In addition to the United States Coast Guard, the Missouri State Water Patrol publishes a handbook of Missouri boating laws and responsibilities. The handbook, as well as the Missouri Water Patrol website, contains safety tips and practices designed to reduce the chances of being involved in a serious boating accident on Missouri’s lakes and rivers.
The Missouri personal injury lawyer needs to be familiar with the regulations and laws applicable to a boat operator’s conduct in analyzing a boat crash situation. The failure to follow safety laws and regulations, or operating a watercraft in a negligent manner, may give rise to legal liability in Missouri for injuries or death caused in a Missouri boating accident.
Lee’s Summit Woman Killed in Docking Accident at Shady Gators, LakeExpo.com, September 5, 2010