The Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that each year, dozens of lives are lost due to mistakes made while boaters are on the water. The U.S Coast Guard states that in 2010, a total of 13 people died and another 35 were seriously injured in boating accidents in Oklahoma. One of the most common causes for these accidents is operator inexperience.
Such an accident occurred over the Labor Day holiday on the waters of Eufaula Lake. Reports indicate the incident happened at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, at Porum Landing in McIntosh County.
An article from Oklahoma’s 9 News states a 32-year-old man was attempting to maneuver a houseboat through the cove when he attempted he noticed he was going to strike another vessel that was anchored. To try to avoid a collision, the man went to the bow of his vessel and attempted to push off the other watercraft; however, when he reached down, his finger became caught between the two boats and was severed.
J. Colbert Injury Lawyers’ team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers says the incident highlights the importance of all new or novice boaters participating in safety courses to educate them on proper operation of a vessel. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety provides information on when and where these courses are offered at no charge to the public.