Philadelphia, PA – Boat Accident Involving Drunk Operator Leads to Injuries on Schuylkill River
Philadelphia, PA (July 15, 2023) – At 7 p.m. on Saturday night, July 15, a boating accident involving a drunk operator took place on a river in Philadelphia.
According to Philadelphia Police, the incident happened on the Schuylkill River near the area of Grays Ferry Avenue and the local Grays Ferry neighborhood. A boat driver was operating a boat with multiple passengers while under the influence. He crashed into a concrete pillar supporting the Grays Ferry Avenue bridge after losing control due to unknown reasons.
Paramedics, fire crews, and several other responders were called to the scene to assist those in need. A total of seven adult passengers, a baby, and a toddler were all taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries caused by the accident. Their conditions are not yet known. Police confirmed, however, that the injured victims are expected to make a recovery.
The operator of the boat was arrested after being found intoxicated at the time of the accident. His current charges have not yet been released.
The investigation into the circumstances leading up to the accident continues at this time.
We offer our warmest thoughts and sympathies to those recovering from injuries caused by this collision.
Boating Accidents in Pennsylvania
Many individuals choose boating as a form of recreation every year in the state of Pennsylvania. However, boating comes with its risks, especially when others share the waterways. In 2020, it was reported that there were 58 reported boating accidents in Pennsylvania, with 39 requiring medical attention for injuries and 11 fatalities taking place. These incidents happen due to many reasons, from speeding to intoxicated boating. If you have sustained injuries in a boating accident caused by a negligent party, it is crucial that you understand your options moving forward.
It can be both devastating and traumatic to experience a boating accident that you never expected to become involved in. However, these incidents happen every year in the state, causing extensive property damage and injuries that can signal a long recovery. If you know that a party has played a role in your accident, you should be able to hold them liable for the harm that they have caused you. You may also have a wide array of questions that you cannot answer on your own, as boating accidents tend to be complex matters. Speaking with a skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyer is in your best interests at this time.
The aftermath of a boat accident can be life-altering. This is why our attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson are here to help you every step of the way during these complicated times. You should never have to deal with the insurance company on your own after a collision, who could try to do whatever they can to lessen the amount of compensation that you receive. You may find that you are eligible for some of the following financial aspects:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Therapy costs
You have many options available for you during these difficult times. Please contact a boating accident attorney in Philadelphia at (215) 731-9900 for more information on how we can assist you.