Baytown — 4 People Killed in Boat Accident in Area of Old River Lake
Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Williams Hart
At around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019, a boat accident occurred in Chambers County, Texas, and it claimed the lives of four people.
According to initial reports, the boat crash was reported on Hugo Park Road, near Old River Lake and Lost River and Cross Bayou. Jacob Breaux was driving a large ski boat with five people when all of a sudden, he struck a bass fishing boat with seven people. Three people from the fishing boat, 49-year-old Laura Kay Grant, 36-year-old William Robert Bowles, and 28-year-old Zachary Jackson Miles, were killed at the scene while an unidentified fourth victim was also pronounced dead.
Breaux was then charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle. His bond for all five charges is $200,000.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the deaths of the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Boating accidents like this are fairly common in the United States. In fact, the Coast Guard reported that in 2016, there were 4,463 boating-related accidents, with 701 people dead and 2,903 injured. The fatality rate of that year was 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boats, an 11.3% increase from 2015’s fatality rate of 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boats. Furthermore, the number of accidents in 2016 increased by 7.3%, the number of deaths by 12%, and the number of injuries by 11.1%, compared to the statistics in 2015.
80% of fatal boating accidents revealed that victims drowned, and of these victims, 83% were not wearing a life jacket. Other possible factors of boating accidents are alcohol, operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure.
The three types of boating vessel with the most number of deaths are motorboats (47%), kayaks (13%), and canoes (9%).
Boat-related accidents are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in boat-related accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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