While most Oklahomans are aware of the dangers drinking and driving poses, many seem to ignore that the same risks are present when operating a boat. In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a study that found at least 23 percent of fatalities that occur on the water list alcohol and/or drugs as a contributing factor.
The Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that one such accident has led to a 22-year-old Tulsa man facing prison time for his actions. Reports indicate the incident occurred on May 14 in the Duck Creek section of Grand Lake in Oklahoma.
According to an article from News OK, the man admitted he had consumed roughly 10 beers and a shot of liquor in the six hours prior to plowing his watercraft into a houseboat on the lake. The impact of the crash killed two people and led to the drunken boat operator being charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter. He was expected to be arraigned on the charges in Delaware County Court this week, but the proceedings were continued until mid-December.
J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to another person’s negligence. That is why the firm is hopeful a ruling in the case will bring some sense of closure to the family of the victims.