The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating an accident between two boats. The collision took place near where the river meets the Gulf in Flatboat Pass. Two people were injured and one person died in the fatal accident.
Not many details have been released so far about the crash. What is known is that an oilfield crew boat and a 24-foot “shallow-draft recreational fishing boat” slammed into each other. There were only two people on the oilfield crewboat and neither of them was injured in the accident. All three of the people on the fishing boat were injured.
Emergency personnel took all three people to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Unfortunately, the driver of the fishing boat sustained such severe injuries that he died on the way to the hospital. The two passengers on the boat were taken to a New Orleans hospital. One of them suffered minor injuries, but the other suffered head trauma. Their current conditions are unknown.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has not yet indicated what party is at fault in the accident. Many people tend to forget that a boat is also considered a motor vehicle and require the same amount of attention and care as driving a street vehicle. When people fail to exercise the proper care, a fatal accident can be the result. The seriously injured man has the right to file a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for his injuries. It will depend on the outcome of the official investigation whether the family of the driver of the fishing boat will be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover the financial losses they too have incurred.