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Young boating accident victim dies, charges not yet filed

As summer winds down, many people are getting out to enjoy Louisiana's waterways. Some people forget that driving a boat requires the same attention and diligence as driving a car, which can lead to a serious collision. An accident victim can be left with debilitating injuries or even die when the operator of a boat makes a mistake.

Recently, a bass boat was out on one of the state's bayous. Somehow, the driver of that boat failed to see another boat as it came around a curve in the bayou. Consequently, the bass boat struck the other boat. That second boat was a flat boat that was occupied by four people -- one of whom was a 7-year-old girl.

The driver of the flat boat only suffered minor injuries, but the young girl was not as lucky. She was rushed to a hospital in Morgan City with severe head trauma. Despite the efforts of emergency responders and medical personnel at the hospital, she succumbed to her injuries. No criminal charges have been filed as of yet since the investigation being conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries remains ongoing. Alcohol is not believed to have contributed to the crash.

Regardless of whether the bass boat driver is criminally charged in this crash, the family of the accident victim could exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim. If the evidence shows that negligence led to the death of their loved one, the court might consider an award of damages. Any restitution received could help ease the financial burdens placed on the victim's family at such a tragic time.

Source: nola.com, "7-year-old girl dies in Sunday boating accident", Todd Masson, Sept. 12, 2016

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