Louisiana residents who are concerned about the dangers posed to them by people who make the choice to drive after drinking should know that these risks are not faced only on the road. Operating a boat while or after consuming alcohol can be equally dangerous to drivers and passengers alike. It is for this reason that the laws recognize driving while intoxicated charges as applicable to boaters as well as to drivers of automobiles.
A 35-year-old man has recently been charged with multiple criminal offenses related to his alleged involvement in a drunk boating accident that happened on the Old Sabine River not far from where Louisiana and Texas meet. According to reports, the man drove his boat into an embankment while towing three children on an inflatable. Two of the children were injured and one required treatment at a hospital. The third child, a boy who was only eight years old, died in the accident.
The deceased boy’s mother was a passenger in the boat at the time of the crash. The operator of the boat faces charges of vehicular homicide, DWI with child endangerment, vehicular negligent injury and other charges. It is not known if any civil actions have been initiated to seek compensation for the death of the boy. The blood alcohol level of the boater was not released.
People who lose loved ones due to the negligence of another person might find it helpful to discuss their situation with an attorney. This can give them ideas of how they may pursue justice.
Source: WWLTV.com, “Boy, 8, dead in Louisiana boating accident; Man charged with DWI,” August 22, 2017