During the summer months in the state of Ohio, many people take recreational boat trips on Lake Erie. While most of these trips are incident-free, unfortunately, accidents have been known to occur, and sometimes boat accidents do end in a person suffering serious injuries or even death.
Recreational boating activities are particularly risky because fewer regulations are involved. For example, it could be relatively easy for a person to rent a small boat with friends and operate the boat while under the influence of alcohol. This can create a risk for everyone involved.
If you have lost a loved one to a tragic boat accident in Ohio, it is important that you take action to hold the at-fault parties responsible.
Determining liability in a tragic boat accident
If the boat on which the accident occurred was rented from a boat operator, it may be possible to take action against this company. This could be done in a situation where a fault in the boat led to it capsizing or crashing, for example. Action could also be taken if the boat operator exercised negligence, if they failed to adequately train or give safety advice to passengers or if they allowed the driver of the boat to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Finally, action could be taken against individuals if it can be shown that they acted with negligence or recklessness, and if their actions were shown to have — at least in part — caused the accident.
It is important to understand aspects of wrongful death law if you seek to take legal action in the aftermath of a fatal Ohio boating accident.