Authorities are seeking information after a teen was severely injured in a hit-and-run boating incident on Bartlett Lake on Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after 1 p.m., a speedboat collided with a 15-year-old male operating a personal watercraft. The teen was severely injured and was being assisted by nearby patrons when the speedboat and its occupants left the scene.
MCSO Deputies are looking to speak with the owner and operator of the at large boat. It described as light gray, with charcoal and black tones and a black canopy top.
BOATING LIABILITY: It is really no different than your liability for driving a car.
Everyone is expected, whether on the road or on the water to operate their machine in a safe, reasonable and prudent manner. When you fail to do this and cause injuries or damage to another, the law says that you must pay for the damage.
Responsible boaters have watercraft liability insurance. Same as car insurance. You cause another harm, your insurance will pay for it.
Watercraft insurance is not expensive because boating crashes are far less common than car crashes.
What happens here? Surely the investigation will continue. If caught, the owner/driver of the boat at large may face hit and run charges.
However, more importantly at this stage is making sure the injured person is properly cared for. Medical bills, lost wages and other losses.
We must be responsible for the operation of our machines on the road, water or anywhere. If we cause a crash, that same responsibility requires us to step up.
At Zachar Law, that is what we do. We make sure that the at fault drivers, and their insurance companies, step up to their legal responsibilities to pay for harm to our clients.