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Many Alabama boating accidents occur during summer months

Out of all the seasons of the year, there are typically more boaters on the waters of Alabama during summer months. Many vessels are fishing boats, others are used solely for recreation, such as water skiing or tubing. Regardless of what type of crafts are being used, those on the water are always at risk for boating accidents, at some times more than others.

If a boat captain is negligent in some way, it places everyone aboard at risk for injury. In fact, many waterway collisions involve boaters who failed to adhere to safety regulations, perhaps driving at excessive speeds or operating their boats under the influence of alcohol, etc. When this behavior causes injury to others, those afflicted often seek justice in court by filing personal injury claims against the party or parties deemed responsible.

In one Alabama boating accident, a teenager was injured. Details of the events leading up to the accident are a bit unclear. However, what is known is that the teen was reportedly trying to board the boat while it was on the water, and, at some point, was struck by the propeller. This occurred some time around 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday.

The 14-year-old was transported by airlift to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment. A captain from the fire and rescue squad that responded to the accident scene later reported that the teen was listed in stable condition. Boating accidents like this one can cause catastrophic injuries, many of which result in fatalities. If the parent or legal guardian of an underage victim injured on a boat believes someone's negligence caused their child's injuries, they may seek compensation for damages in court on the child's behalf.

Source: abc3340.com, "Teenager injured in boating accident on Logan Martin Lake", July 23, 2017

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