On Monday 28, 2017, a 31-year-old Lafayette man was being pulled on a tube behind a ski boat when he was seriously injured after colliding with dock support on Lake Shafer near Monticello, Indiana. As a result of the collision with the dock, the Lafayette man sustained a serious leg injury resulting in a substantial loss of blood. Following the collision, the man was transported to IU White Hospital by ambulance to undergo emergency surgery where he would eventually lose a portion of one of his legs due to the severity of his injuries. During an investigation conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, officers were initially told that a 24-year-old woman was driving the boat pulling the Lafayette man, but later it was determined that this information was inaccurate and as a result a 59-year-old Monticello man and a 23-year-old Delphi man were arrested for misdemeanor false informing.
As with motorists on the road, boat operators have the same duty while on the water to safely operate boats and other navigable vehicles in order to prevent avoidable injuries and collisions. These measures if implemented could protect not only against preventable collisions, but also from preventable drownings while on the water. Be safe and take necessary precautions before enjoying the water this summer, and if you or someone you know is injured due to the negligence of another, please contact Schiller Law at 888-578-3100 or on the web at IndyInjured.com for a free consultation and case evaluation.