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Pflugerville — Police Search for Missing Kayaker on Lake Pflugerville

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 9:30 pm    

Just before 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, a woman has been missing after a boating accident occurred in Pflugerville, Texas.

According to initial reports, the woman, who was in her 20s, was out kayaking in Lake Pflugerville when severe storms carried her kayak into deep water. The boat then overturned, thus plunging her into water.

Officers were called to the scene to help find the woman. But unfortunately, up until now, she is still considered missing. The kayak is also still not found either.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified woman. Alas, she is not the only one whose life is taken away by a boating accident. 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Texas City — Police Chief Found Dead Two Days After Falling Off Fishing Boat on Galveston Bay

Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 10:13 pm    

Just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, the body of the Kemah Police Chief was found after two days of falling into water in Galveston County, Texas.

According to initial reports, Chris Reed, 50, was in his 24-foot fishing boat with his wife on Friday afternoon when all of a sudden, they caught a wake from a larger vessel. As a result, Reed lost his balance and fell into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

After his wife called 911, multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard and a couple of volunteers, searched at least 650 square nautical miles. His body was found a mile and a half north of the Texas City Dike, west of buoy 32 in the Houston Ship Channel two days later. This location was near where the accident took place.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Chris Reed. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a boating accident. 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Flint — 14-Year-Old Boy Killed in Hit-And-Run Accident Involving Boat on Lake Palestine

Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 8:16 pm    

At around 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019, a young teenage boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving a boat that occurred in Flint, Texas.

According to initial reports, Carlos Hernandez, 14, was swimming along with other children in Lake Palestine when a nearby dock was struck by a black boat with red flecks that is believed to have been occupied by five people. As a result, Hernandez was struck as well, and he was instantly killed in this collision.

The one operating the boat, 31-year-old Jeffrey Joe Hampton, fled the scene in a red and black bass boat. But eventually, he was found, charged with manslaughter, and is being held on a $750,000 bond.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Carlos Hernandez. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. 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%).

Additionally, another particular kind of vehicular accident that is quite common and deadly is a hit-and-run. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.

Boat-related accidents, especially those hit-and-run ones, 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Aransas Pass — 1 Person Dead After Fatal Kayak Accident on Harbor Island

Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 9:33 pm    

At approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019, two fishermen found a body floating near Harbor Island in Aransas Pass, Texas.

According to initial reports, Wayne Darnell and John VanMetre were heading out for a Memorial Day fishing trip near Harbor Island. However, once they set out on the water, they discovered a dead body floating off of the coast of Harbor Island.

They called enforcement, and officers were able to find the victim’s kayak, which was heavily damaged, about a quarter of a mile west of the body. The victim’s truck was also found just south on land from where his damaged kayak was located.

Officers reported that it is likely that the victim was involved in a crash with another vessel, one larger than his kayak. Investigation is still ongoing to determine more details.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified victim. 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Texas City — Missing Kayaker Found Dead on Levee Road

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 8:49 pm    

At approximately 4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, a missing kayaker was found dead in Texas City.

According to initial reports, Steven Ramos, 41, launched his kayak at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, and was last seen at around 4:30 p.m. about 300 yards from the north side of the Texas City Dike Road. He was then reported missing at around 8 p.m. that day after he failed to show up for a dinner date.

Early the next day, his body was found at the 2000 block of the levee road, nearly two miles from where he had launched.

The police believed that Ramos had been fishing in the area and died from an apparent drowning. He was also reported to have not been wearing a life vest.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Steven Ramos. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a boating accident. 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Dallas — Man Drowned While Kayaking on Lake Ray Hubbard

Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 12:02 am    

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, a man was killed after he drowned while kayaking on Lake Ray Hubbard with his friends.

According to initial reports, Linto Philip, 23, drifted into troubled waters, and as a result, his kayak capsized, and he went underwater. Dallas Police, Dallas Fire-Rescue, and the Texas Game Warden went to the scene later and recovered Philip’s body. He was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Linto Philip. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a boating accident. 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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