The Widow Of A Victims Of A Vehicular Boating Accident In Ohio Has Filed An Ohio Negligence Lawsuit After Another Boat Crashed Into Her Husbands Boat Resulting In His Death
The widow of an Akron, Ohio man who was killed in a Berlin Reservoir boat crash in Ohio has filed an Ohio negligence lawsuit against the surgeon who was driving the boat that killed the man. According to the boating accident lawsuit, the man was criminally charged with negligence and wrongful death for over $75,000.
According to the Ohio negligence lawsuit, the doctor was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, operating the watercraft under the influence of alcohol, and the failure to stop after an accident. The accident report states that two Ohio friends were sitting in a stationary boat late at night when the doctor slammed into the side of their boat with his boat. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the doctor owned the boat. After the crash, which fatally wounded the first man and seriously injured the second, the doctor driving the boat fled the scene. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor, “demonstrated an indifference or a reckless disregard for the health and safety” of the man who died, who “experienced unnecessary physical and/or emotional pain and suffering prior to his death.”[ http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/nov/09/widow-sues-surgeon-over-fatal-boat-crash/?nw, November 2015]
There were multiple people who witnessed the crash and the men’s cries for help, who quickly dialed 911 and pulled the men out of the water. The man who died sustained serious injuries due to blunt force trauma and died of internally injuries. The second man was hospitalized, but was able to recover from the crash.
Witnesses state they believe the doctor operating the boat was under the influence of alcohol at the time, but as he fled the scene, officials were unable to confirm whether the doctor was intoxicated at the time of the incident. The doctor is pleading innocent to the criminal charges. He is currently released on bail.
Boating accidents in Ohio are common, with most occurring near holidays or late at night. In 2014, there were 22 fatalities as a result of boating accidents on Ohio waterways, caused by 15 different incidences. Most deaths were caused by drowning, and men were significantly more likely to die in a boat crash than women. Alcohol was a contributing factor to fatalities in one incident, but of all 22 deaths, 18 were not wearing a life jacket or wearing it improperly, which lead to 18 drownings. [http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/watercraft-home/accidents/fatalities-2010-2014, November 2015]
Residents in Ohio can avoid boating accidents by following all Ohio safety regulations, wearing proper safety gear, and not drinking alcohol while on the water. Many individuals believe that boating is a safer activity than driving, and that it is perfectly safe to drink while operating a boat, but operating a boat while drinking is just as dangerous, if not more so, than operating a car under the influence of alcohol. Although not many boating accidents occur in Ohio each year, of the accidents that do occur, most result in fatalities. You can reduce these risks by remaining alert and watching out for other boaters who may not be following proper safety procedures while on the water.