Seven people were injured after a pontoon boat flipped over on land at Lake Pleasant on Sunday evening.
The boat was being pulled out of the water on a trailer when the driver accelerated, causing the boat to roll and throwing the people inside onto the asphalt.
Seven people were injured and five were transported to area hospitals. The others refused treatment.
The injured ranged in ages between 18 and 25, adding those hurt suffered minor wounds involving cuts and scrapes.
One person stated to officials that the driver was "trying to show off". Luckily, no one died.
SO, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Well, certainly the driver who was going too fast and/or showing off is responsible for the harm.
So, is there insurance? Insurance on the car? Insurance on the boat? Insurance on the trailer? Which one pays, or are all responsible?
Do the injured people have health insurance? Is there medical payments insurance for the car/boat? Would a victim’s personal auto insurance apply in some way?
In addition to getting a full investigation completed, there needs to be coordination of all insurance coverage's available, to make sure medical bills get paid, lost wages get reimbursed and the amounts owed to each of the victims is fair in relation to their injuries.
The driver of a car pulling a boat has the same liability for an incident like this, as one would have in a car accident.
However, an experienced attorney, familiar in car and watercraft injuries can make the difference in the end result.