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Authorities investigate Virginia boating accident

Like traffic accidents, boating accidents can leave individuals injured or family members with questions about hurt or lost loved ones. When a boating accident occurs because of the negligent or fault of a boat operator or other third party, victims who are injured or sustain damages in the incident can seek compensation for those expenses through legal channels.

When a boat accident occurs, authorities usually launch an investigation into how the incident began. As with accidents on the road, accidents on the water can be difficult to investigate. Because evidence, including entire vessels, can sink in a lake or river, authorities may even find water-based accidents more difficult to review.

Police and others are investigating a recent Virginia boating accident. The incident occurred on Smith Mountain Lake and involved the collision of two boats. According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, at least one person was seriously injured in the accident.

Both boats sank following the collision, said a DGIF spokesperson. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on July 31, say authorities, and investigators continued to search the area through Friday morning for any other victims of the accident. In addition to one person who was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries, at least three other individuals were rescued following the incident. According to authorities, it is unknown how many people were involved in the accident.

Watercraft accidents can be frightening and deadly. For surviving victims and family members, life following serious accidents can also be difficult and scary. One way to reduce difficulties is to cover financial burdens that might result from medical treatment or loss of a family member. Personal injuries claims offer one possible option for seeking financial support.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Smith Mountain Lake boat collision causes serious injury" Amy Friedenberger, Jul. 31, 2014

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