May 20, 2013
Warm weather in May tends to bring more boats onto the waterways of Tennessee, and this year has been no exception. With the increase in boating volume comes an increase in the number of accidents involving watercrafts. Again, this year has been no exception, considering three people have been killed as the result of two separate Tennessee Boat Accidents that occurred on the waters of Reelfoot Lake this month.
The first accident occurred on May 1 after two boaters were trying to get off the lake before a storm hit. As they made their way to shore, they struck a submerged log, which caused the boat to flip. Both men died as a result of the crash.
Then, on May 9, Channel 3 News reported that a man died after high winds flipped his vessel.
Such accidents have many boaters wondering what they can do to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident while on the water. Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency explain that having a life preserver for every person on board a boat is the best way to ensure safe travel. Just having them on board is not enough though. Boaters should have a life preserver on at all times when the vessel is in motion.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers with John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers hope this tip will help to keep boaters safe while on the water this summer!