Five People Injured In Recent Missouri Boat Accident

September 3, 2013
The St. Louis Boat Accident Lawyers with Cofman Townsley explain Missouri has some of the highest numbers of watercraft collisions in the nation, considering 128 crashes occurred in 2011 alone. Those accidents resulted in 20 individuals losing their lives and 85 others suffering serious injuries.

More recently, a collision between two boats that occurred on the Lake of the Ozarks last week resulted in a total of five people being seriously injured. Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, near 15-mile marker in the lake’s main channel.

An article from CBS-St. Louis stated the 55-year-old operator of a 33-foot watercraft was traveling downstream without his bow lights displayed. At the same time, a 35-year-old trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was in a 29-foot vessel going upstream. Suddenly though, the 55-year-old boater veered into the path of the trooper’s vessel and the two boats collided.

The drivers of both vessels and a passenger from the 33-foot craft were transported from the scene to a local hospital by ambulance, while two others refused treatment to injuries they received.

It is estimated the accident resulted in more than $10,000 in damages.
Cofman Townsley’s team of St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers encourage boaters to help reduce the chances of being injured or killed in a boating accident by always wearing a life preserver when the vessel they are on is in motion.