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Bow Riding and Boating: Not Worth the Risk

In May, 2014, a 22-year-old man died in a boating accident at Lucky Peak Reservoir. According to witnesses, the victim participated in the dangerous activity of bow riding, and stood up on the bow while the boat was driving. Standing up on the front of the boat caused it to become unbalanced, which sent the passenger overboard. The boat struck the male and the propeller caused severe damage.

Bow riding is not only extremely dangerous—but illegal, as well. Those who engage in the activity not only put their safety at risk, but also put themselves in danger of getting in trouble with the law.

The Risks Associated With Bow Riding

Although sitting or standing on the front of the boat is an ideal way to enjoy the scenery around you, doing so is risky, and here’s why:

  • You can fall off of the boat. Even bigger boats can become unbalanced when a person—or several people—stand on the bow. The swaying that is caused can send a person over the side of the boat. Passengers who fall into the water can drown, particularly if they aren’t wearing life vests or if alcohol is involved.
  • You could slip and hit your head. If the boat hits rough water, you could fall backwards, hit your head, and suffer from a dangerous head injury such as a concussion.
  • You can cause an accident. The driver may not be able to see what is ahead of him if someone is standing on the bow. Additionally, the activity could cause the driver to lose focus and not see if a boat or other object is in the way—including someone in the water.

Call Us If You Are the Victim of an Accident

If a bow rider caused you to become injured in a boating accident, you’ll need the help of an experienced legal team on your side. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help you receive financial compensation that could help cover your medical expenses associated with the accident.

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer