August 1, 2012
Two Indiana boating accidents that left three people seriously injured show the importance of always wearing a life preserver.
According to The Courier-Journal, the first accident occurred Saturday on the Patoka Lake Reservoir at around 3:00 p.m., near Goose Island. Reports indicate that a 32-year-old woman, from Louisville, Kentucky, was operating a 2005 Honda Aqua Trax Jet ski with a 14-year-old passenger when she hit a wave and went airborne, ejecting her and her passenger.
Both were taken to a local hospital, where the boy received treatment for a head injury and was released, while woman remains hospitalized in fair but stable condition. Investigators say the two are alive because of the life preservers they were wearing.
The following day, another accident on the Mississinewa Reservoir left a 22-year-old man critically injured. It happened when three young men jumped from a moving boat at approximately 40-50 mph. One of the men struck something in the water and suffered a skull fracture and severe cut to the hand. The victim remains hospitalized with an Indiana brain injury. None of the men were wearing life preservers.
The Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it is also important to ensure that each passenger of your boat has a life preserver that is age and weight appropriate for that individual. Using a life preserver that is the wrong size could prove to be deadly.