Pursuant to news report on NJ.com, Alex Majors, a 23 year old man from Sparta New Jersey has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run boating accident that occurred at Lake Mohawk. The boating accident occurred June 14th around 12:30 am. Mr. Majors was allegedly the driver of the 18-foot boat that struck a paontoon boat, injuring two people, and then fleeing the scene. He has been charged with endangering an injured victim, leaving the scene of a vessel accident with serious bodily injury and assault by vessel.
As a result of this boating accident, all five passengers in the pontoon boat were thrown from the boat into the water. The most seriously injured victim was 23 year old Alexa Reigstad. She was taken by lifeflight to MOrristown Medical Center with a concussion. Alexa was knocked unconscious went underwater impact. She was helped to the surface by her twin sister Brianna who was also on the boat. This near drowning incident made her recovery more complicated but fortunately, her condition improved and she was released Monday afternoon. Brianna was also injured and was treated at Morristown Medical Center. James Glasson, 23, was also seriously injured and treated for a concussion at Morristown Medical Center.
Boating accidents frequently occur because people do not understand the nautical safety and underestimate the dangers of watercraft. Drugs and alcohol are a common contributing factor in boating accidents. Other safety violations that can cause boating injuries or drowning accidents include failing to wear life jackets (or have them reasdily available for use) or failing to pay careful attention to object or other boats in the waterwaters. In any event, if you are involved in a boating accident you must stay at the scene and render assistence. Leaving the scene of a boat accident (similar to leaving the scene of a car accient), in addition to being morally reprehensible, is agaist the law.
New Jersey Boating Accident Injury Lawyer Brent Wieand
Boat accident lawyer, Brent Wieand, knows boats the rules and regulation governing their use. In addition to his legal training, attorney Wieand has successfully completed Pennsylvania’s offical boater education and safety course and has been operating boats for years. He can usually determine whether a boat operator has violated navigational laws or safety rules in the initial legal consulation. If you’ve been injured in a Pennsyvlania or New Jersey boating accident call attorney Brent Wieand to at 1(800) 481-5206. Attorney Wieand offers a free legal consultation and never charges costs or attorneys fees unless he collects money for you through a settlement or award.
Attorney Brent Wieand represents people in boating accident cases who have suffered injuries or wrongful death involving:
- Personal Watercrafts (Jet Skis & Wave Runners);
- Motorboats, sailboats, yachts and kayaks
- Collisions between vessels
- Boat v. Swimmer accidents
- Drowning accidents
Some common situations where a boat operator may be negligently cause injury to another person or boater include:
- Operating a boat at a high rate speed;
- Hitting large wake at an unsafe angle or speed;
- Ejections from the boat due to improper operation;
- Choosing to operate the boat in heavy weather;
- Failing to keep a proper lookout for skiiers or tubers
- Failing to keep a proper lookout while towing a skiing or tubing;
- Collisions with other vessels;
- Swimmers coming into contact with boats propellers;
- Impacting a fixed object, such as a navigational aid, pier or bridge; and,
- Operating in excess of the maximum capacity or overloading the boat.
If you are injured in a boating accident you may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident. You shouldn’t wait to contact a skilled boat accident attorney if you or a loved one were involved in a yachting, boating or personal watercraft accident. Maritine law has its own filing deadlines and pleading requirements so it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer promptly to protect your rights. For a free boat accident injury consultation, call attorney Brent Wieand at 1(800) 481-5206.
*Disclaimer: Brent Wieand is a based in Philadelphia and handles boating accident injury and wrongful death cases throughout Pennsyvlania and New Jersey. This article does not constitute legal advice. You should consult with an experienced attorney if you have questions about a a boating accident injury or wrongful death claim.