Boat Capsizes on Lake Pontchartrain

by | Sep 24, 2022 | Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

There was a deadly boating accident on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana on September 22, 2022.  According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a small boat that was trawling for shrimp capsized with two people on board.  The trawl was tangled, and while the shrimpers were attempting to untangle it, a large wave went over the boat and capsized it.  One boater lost his life.  The victim has been identified as Rick Hodgson of Pearl River, Louisiana.  The other shrimper sustained injuries in the incident.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There was a fire on board the tanker ship SEABORNE PETRO on September 15, 2022.  A worker was killed in an accident at the Port of Tampa Bay in Florida on September 16, 2022.  The general cargo ship SEA EAGLE capsized on September 17, 2022.  A small recreational boat capsized near Slidell, Louisiana on September 18, 2022.  There was a deadly boating crash during a fishing tournament on Lake Chesdin in Virginia on September 17, 2022.

recreational boating accident can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices, waves caused by other vessels, or a lack of equipment.  An incident can often be a result of a combination of the above factors.  Ultimately though, many of these incidents are preventable.  Over 5,000 boating accidents occur each year, resulting in over 700 deaths. However, most of these accidents are preventable if boaters take the proper precautions.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country including those involving capsized vessels.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of a maritime disaster. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.