Man Charged in Fatal Boating Accident

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Man on Jet Ski Charged in Fatal Boating Accident from May

fatal boating accidentA Midlands-area man has been charged with reckless homicide related to a boating accident he caused while driving a jet ski on Lake Marion in May of this year.

Justin Reed Walters, 26, was arrested and charged with reckless homicide by operation of a boat on Monday, September 29th. He is believed to be responsible for the fatal boating accident that killed 19-year-old Millicent Anne McDonald.

On May 19th, the day of the fatal boating accident, Walters reported passed a field sobriety test. Reportedly, McDonald and Walters were riding personal watercraft near landings around 7 PM that day, when Walters crashed into McDonald.

McDonald was airlifted to a hospital, but she never regained consciousness and died 24 hours later.

The investigation took 132 days – just over 4 months – to determine fault in the boating accident.

Melissa Grice, McDonald’s mother, said she hopes that the fatal boating accident criminal charges will serve as a warning to those who participate in water sports. “You don’t have to have a driver’s license to drive a boat or a jet ski,” Grice said. “But boats and jet skis don’t even have brakes, so it’s up to people to be responsible, to maintain proper speed and be careful. You’ve got to look out for yourself out there, and you’ve got to be looking out for others. I don’t want any other family to have to go through what we’ve been through and are still going through.”

“He has reckless behavior,” she said. “What other family has to be dealt this life sentence?”

Boating Accident Injuries in South Carolina

With miles and miles of coast serving as a prime location for water sports, South Carolina  water related injuries can and do occur.

Boating accidents are often caused by:

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Injury Cases from Boating Accidents

If your boating accident injuries are the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The South Carolina boat accident attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC, will fight hard to obtain the compensation that you deserve. We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us.803.252.4800.

Settlement in Lake Murray Boating Accident Wrongful Death Case

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Family Settles in Wrongful Death Case for Lake Murray Boating Accident

boating accidentThe family of a man killed in a boating accident on Lake Murray in May 2010 has agreed to a settlement from the boat driver’s insurer for $77,200.

Randall Carter of Irmo was killed in a boating accident after the boat’s driver, Steven Miller, collided with another vessel during a late night outing to go camping. Both Carter and Matthew Kyle Howk of Columbia were killed in the boating accident.

As part of the settlement, Miller admitted no wrongdoing in the boating accident and wrongful death case. The settlement will also give Miller “peace from litigation and save the expense of trial.”

The boating accident settlement could also be a prelude to resolving criminal charges against Miller. He currently faces two counts of felony boating under the influence of alcohol. Reportedly, he also did not display proper lighting on his boat, although he was boating late at night.

The crash led to the deaths of two women on the other boat as well.

In the boating accident lawsuit that led to the wrongful death settlement, Carter’s family contended that Miller was speeding out of control.

Howk’s family is not pursuing damages against Miller, either criminal or civil.

Boating Accidents in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to 2,876 miles of shoreline and 437,672 acres of lakes including Lake Murray and Lake Wateree.  This creates seemingly limitless opportunities for recreational activities on Lake Murray and Lake Wateree and along the South Carolina coast. Unfortunately whether sailing, or riding a jetski, recreational water sports also create the opportunity for a water related injury.

Boating is an activity that thousands of people in South Carolina participate in throughout the year.  Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions are taken, boating accidents can and do occur. A boating accident does not occur as often as a car accident; however, it can be just as deadly. A crash or explosion can result in a fire and injure people around the boat.  A negligent boater can permanently disable or even kill innocent passengers in a split second.

Boating accidents are commonly the result of:

The insurance companies who most often defend at-fault drivers spend millions of dollars teaching their adjusters how to successfully deny claims. Do not let insurance adjusters take advantage of the situation by settling your claim for as little as possible. If you have been in a South Carolina boating accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Injury Cases from Boating Accidents

If your boating accident injuries are the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The South Carolina boat accident attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC, will fight hard to obtain the compensation that you deserve. We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us.803.252.4800.