Man Faces Charges in Boating Accident that Led to Death
Clarendon County police and officers from the SC Department of Natural Resources have arrested a man on charges from a boating accident in July that killed a University of South Carolina student.
The boating accident that occurred on Lake Marion last month led to the death of 21-year-old Haley Joanne Bordeaux of Sumter, who was attending USC. Her boat was hit by 38-year-old Chad Morris on July 4th, who then left the scene of the crime.
July 4th is a common time for boating accidents and deaths, as Independence Day celebrations often occur outside and on the water during the hottest days of summer.
Morris has been charged with reckless homicide and failure to render aid. Bordeaux was on the boat with her boyfriend and two other friends, none of whom were injured in the boating accident. The group had pulled their boat up to a landing when Morris’s craft struck them, severely injuring Bordeaux who was taken to a hospital. She was pronounced dead later.
Morris was released from jail on a $40,000 bond.
Boating Accident Injuries 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 jet ski, 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:
- Operators who are not paying attention,
- Inexperienced drivers who should not be operating the boat,
- Boat drivers who speed and lose control,
- Impaired boat operators who are boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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.