September 10, 2012
A Memphis, Tennessee, man was cited for his part in causing a Memphis boat accident that injured several passengers over the Labor Day weekend. According to the Springfield News-Leader, the accident happened on August 24 on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Video shows the boat traveling across the water and suddenly hitting the wake of another vessel. The boat hitting the wake caused the driver to lose control, slinging the passengers and leaving several with injuries. While the driver of the boat stated that he was traveling at around 70 mph at the time of the accident, others on board say the boat was traveling at closer to 100 mph.
The driver and four others aboard the boat were taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries such as broken bones, ruptured spinal discs, lacerations, and bruising.
Law enforcement issued the driver of the boat a citation for reckless and imprudent operation of a boat after he was checked out of the hospital and later issued him a citation for a seating violation after viewing video of the incident.
The Memphis personal injury lawyers with John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers say that the accident should serve as testament to the importance of obeying the speed limits of waterways, as well as every passenger on board a boat being issued and wearing a life preserver at all times. Following these two simple steps could save a life.