A 52-year-old Ardmore woman was killed over the Memorial Day weekend in a boating accident. According to a KXII news report, the fatal OK boat accident occurred at Lake Murray in Ardmore. Officials say she was ejected and fatally injured when two boats collided. The eight other people involved in the incident were not injured. Authorities are currently investigating if the 34-year-old driver of the other boat was drinking at the time of the crash.
An important part of safe boating is remaining sober. Oklahoma boaters who operate while under the influence of drugs or alcohol put everyone on the water at risk. Boating under the influence is one of the leading causes of fatal boating accidents nationwide. Since Memorial Day weekend of 2011, Oklahoma has adopted a state law that lowered the legal blood alcohol limit for boat operators from .10 to .08 percent. Boat operators who are under the influence must submit to an alcohol test and they may be held accountable for the damages they cause.
The family of someone killed in an Oklahoma boating accident might have it in their best interest to consult with a skilled personal injury lawyer. Victims of boater negligence or wrongdoing can pursue financial compensation for their losses. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages.
An experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorney at the Maples Law Firm will know how to determine liability for a boating accident. Please contact us at (888) 226-6159 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.