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Charges Expected in Connection With Fatal Oklahoma Boat Accident

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Boaters in Oklahoma have a responsibility to safely operate their watercraft at all times. But too often, failure to adhere to this rule results in devastating accidents and serious injuries. The Oklahoma Boat Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say charges are expected to be filed in connection with a boating accident that occurred last summer on the waters of Lake Eufaula.

According to a story from McAlester News-Capital, the incident occurred on July 4, 2013, when the 20-year-old operator of a ski boat plowed into an anchored pontoon boat. The impact caused a 55-year-old victim to suffer blunt force trauma to his body, serious cuts to his head, fractured ribs and vertebrae, and a severed spinal cord. Officials determined he died as a result of his injuries. The deceased victim’s two young daughters were also seriously injured in the accident.

Th district attorney said autopsy findings will be used to determine if the man responsible for the accident will face homicide charges. Investigators are also working to determine if DUI charges should be filed as well, considering Troopers believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one to an accident can be, and the firm hopes a decision in the case will bring the family a sense of closure.

Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers Examine Dangers of Drinking on the Water

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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

Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers Discuss Dangers Faced by Inexperienced Operators

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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.

Report On Fatal Oklahoma Boat Accident Released By Highway Patrol

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The Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say the state highway patrol has released a report with new details regarding an accident involving three watercraft on the 4th of July. The incident left two young children seriously injured and claimed the life of a 55-year-old man.

According to an article from the McAlester News-Capital, a 30-year-old man was operating a 1999 Crownline ski boat along Lake Eufaula after dark with no lights on. Witnesses say the vessel was traveling at roughly 40 MPH when it collided with a pontoon boat, went airborne, and then struck another motorboat.

The impact of the crash caused several passengers from each of the vessels to be thrown into the water, some with serious injuries. The man who caused the crash got back into his watercraft and fled the scene. He turned himself into police five days after the incident, leaving police unable to determine if intoxication by drugs or alcohol may have played a part in the crash. Charges are pending the outcome of an autopsy on the deceased victim.

Despite criminal charges not being filed yet in the matter, the families of the victims have filed civil suits against the boater who caused the crash.

Colbert’s team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and hope a decision in the cases will help bring closure to the victims and their families.

Oklahoma Boat Accident Claims the Lives of Two College Students

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An Oklahoma Boat Accident claimed the lives of two college students last week. Reports indicate that the incident occurred on May 14 on Grand Lake near Langley, Oklahoma.

A story from Arkansas Matters explains the victims were part of a group in a boat on the water for several hours prior to the accident. The vessel then struck a docked houseboat at the Arrowhead Yacht Club Marina.

The impact sent the two victims into the water. They were pulled to safety, but died at the scene a short time later. Two others near the houseboat were injured in the crash and were rushed by paramedics to a local trauma center for treatment.

While investigators have made it clear they are still examining the accident and its potential causes, they have stated they believe speed and alcohol consumption may have been contributing factors.

The incident highlights the importance of several key aspects to safe boating. First, every person on board a watercraft should be equipped with a life preserver at all times. Also, boaters should comply with all regulations regarding speed while also being courteous to other boaters by slowing down to lower wakes. Finally, boat operators should never consume alcohol on the water.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers hope these tips will help to keep boaters safe this summer!

Lawmakers Toughening Boating Laws to Prevent Oklahoma Boat Accidents

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Following an accident on an Ardmore, Oklahoma, lake that claimed the life of a local resident this past summer, state lawmakers are attempting to create more stringent boating laws to prevent such accidents from occurring. A story from The Ardmoreite discussed these efforts and what they may mean for Oklahoma boaters.

Current state law requires any person between the ages of 12 and 16 years old to participate in a boater safety class before they are allowed to operate a vessel on the state’s waterways. The law has been lauded for its success in reducing the number of boating fatalities within this age demographic, and experts believe expanding the law could have the same effect on the 25 to 40 year old age group, who are among the demographic most commonly killed and injured in Oklahoma Boat Accidents.

This is why some lawmakers are calling for all boat operators to participate in a boating safety course. If the policy is signed into law, most current boaters would be grandfathered into the program. However, new boaters who have not participated in the safety course could face a fine of $50 to $100 for a first time offense and a $250 to $500 fine for each subsequent offense.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are hopeful the proposed measure will be successful in reducing the number of people who are injured or killed as a result of Oklahoma boat accidents each year.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Work to Improve Boating Safety

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With more than 100 boaters killed in the 23 lakes that surround Tulsa during the last six years, legislators are looking to tighten up boating safety regulations.

The Oklahoman reports that instead taking drastic measures like banning alcohol from boats and requiring lifejacket use at all times, lawmakers are hoping a safety better education will curtail the problem. State Representative Pat Ownbey created a law requiring boaters born before a certain date to attend an educational class before being able to hit the water. The free six hour course is available across the state from October to April.

The course was developed as the state recently moved to lower the legal blood alcohol limit of a boater from .10 to .08. Recent laws also require all people under the age of 13-years-old on board a watercraft to wear a lifejacket while the vessel is in motion.

Since the inception of the new boating education classes and stricter safety regulations, there have been no Oklahoma Boat Accident fatalities in the 12 to 16 year old age group. Many experts agree this statistic shows just how successful the new initiatives have been.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers applaud the state government for taking steps to promote responsible boating, and are hopeful the new regulations will successfully prevent accidents on Oklahoma’s waterways.

Oklahoma Boat Accident Leaves One Dead and Another Passenger Missing

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An Oklahoma Boat Accident has left one man dead and another man missing. According to reports from KOCO News, the accident occurred Monday night on Kaw Lake, just east of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Local law enforcement stated that the driver of the boat told them that he and two other men had ventured out on the lake to run some fishing lines, when the boat began taking on water quickly. They tried to reach shore, but overturned several hundred yards from land.

The boat’s operator was able to pull one of the passengers to shore, but he was declared dead shortly after the rescue. The other passenger is still missing, and search teams will continue to scour the lake..

The United States Coast Guard claims that nearly 1,000 people die each year as a result of boating accidents in the United States and as many as 2,500 are injured. Additionally, they estimate that more than 30,000 non-fatal boating accidents go unreported each yea. In nearly one-quarter of these accidents, drugs and/or alcohol were considered contributing factors.

This is why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that it is so important to always have enough personal floatation devices, such as life preservers, for each passenger aboard the boat. It is also a good idea to have an emergency first aid kit and a radio to call for help in the event of an emergency.

Disappearance of Two Men at Lake Prompts Safety Concerns

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The disappearance of two Oklahoma men from Lake Tenkiller in Park Hill, Oklahoma, has prompted citizens to look closer at how to stay safe while on the water throughout the rest of the summer. According to News, an Oklahoma State Highway Patrol spokesperson said the men went missing from a boat at Party Cove.

Authorities said people who were members of the party thought they had gotten onto another boat and became concerned for their safety after several hours without seeing them. A search of the area turned up a float one of the men had been using, but no one was in sight. A dive team has searched for two days with no sign of the men anywhere.

The mysterious disappearance has caused others to become concerned for their own safety while on the water. Officials say the best thing a person can do is to abstain from alcohol while on the water, especially if swimming. Using the buddy system is also advised if swimming in a populated area, such as a cove or pool. Following these two rules will help ensure you are aware of your surroundings and that of others in your party.

The Oklahoma Boat Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say if you are hurt in a boating accident while on the water, contact them immediately! They may be able to help answer any questions you may have about your case by filling out a free and quick online consultation form.

Bridge temporarily closed after Oklahoma boat accident

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A bridge was temporarily closed overnight after an Oklahoma boat accident when seven barges crashed in the U.S. 62 bridge Monday, Tulsa World reported.

The barges broke loose from the port and floated down the Arkansas River where they struck the bridge at about 8:30 p.m., causing the Oklahoma boat accident.

Authorities have not concluded how the barges broke loose from the port and caused the Oklahoma boat accident.

There were no Oklahoma boat accident injuries Monday, unlike the Oklahoma boat accident in 2002 when a barge crashed into a pier off the Interstate 40 bridge, killing 14 people.

The bridge was reopened Tuesday at 5:30 a.m., after the structure had been tested following the Oklahoma boat accident.

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