The Maryland Natural Resources Police have charged Milton Owings, a Glen Burnie resident, with the negligent operation of a vessel after the boat he was operating capsized.
Two of his passengers fell into the water. One victim, a 17-year-old boy, had to be flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he received treatment for a foot injury.
The boating accident occurred on Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Inlet. According to the NRP, Owings should have exercised greater caution due to the rough ocean conditions.
Boat operators and owners are required to exercise certain duties of care when operating a vessel. If a boat owner or operator acts negligently or recklessly and someone is injured, the responsible party can be sued for personal injury or wrongful death.
2004 boating accident statistics from the US Coast Guard:
• 4,904 recreational boating accidents in the US
• 3,363 injuries
• 676 deaths
• $35 million plus in property damage
Causes of these boating accidents included:
• Operator inexperience
• Operator inattention
• Reckless driving
Capsizing and falls overboard are the leading cause of boating-related deaths.
In Maryland, our boating accident lawyers are familiar with the state, county, and city laws that govern boating accidents, and we can help you determine whether you have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you have been injured in a boating accident, do NOT speak with representatives for any other parties that were involved in the collision until you contact an experienced Maryland boat crash law firm first.
Md. police charge boater in ocean mishap, Delaware Online.com, July 16, 2008
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