In the recent news of a terrible tragedy that occurred at Table Rock Lake in Missouri, we want to outline all of the things that go into a case like this. A terrible accident occurred on July 19, 2018. 17 people were killed when a “duck boat” capsized and filled with water. The boat was sunk after an intense thunderstorm struck the lake, causing terrible conditions on the water, making it impossible for the boat and it’s passengers to return to shore safely. There are a few key points we will highlight below. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in this time of sadness.
The boat should have never left the dock:
The forecast was filled with thunderstorm warnings, high winds, rain, lightning, etc. These types of boats are not designed to take on this type of weather, especially these conditions. These boats are from the world war 2 era and not engineered up to standards that this storm demanded. The manufacturer of these boats came out with a statement that essentially said these boats are not to even be turned on if the weather conditions do not permit it. So who is to blame? There are multiple factors that led to this terrible tragedy and this is definitely one of them.
Where were the life jackets?
A survivor stated that the individual in charge told the passengers specifically that they did not need to put the life jackets on. If this is true, the person and the company is going to be at fault. It is hard to prove this, legally speaking, but the company will be liable for damages, claims, payments, etc. Life jackets are on board every boat for every passenger for a reason. To be used.
Nonetheless, this is going to get pricey, quick. The owner of the company has already agreed to pay for funeral costs, medical expenses, as well as grief therapy for employees. It is going to be a long time before anyone is going to be done grieving from this. Losing a family member is something nobody should have to experience. If you are affected by this tragedy, please seek legal counsel. It is most important to emotionally cope and deal with the things that you have to deal with. But you also want to be protected legally as well as taken care of financially from this terrible event.
Like we mentioned in the discussion, it doesn’t have to be B&C, but we are always here for you in this time of need. If you need ANYTHING at all, please contact us today. Below is our roundtable discussion for more information.