Arkansas boating accidents and fatalities are up this year. There have been 21 reported boating accidents. Further, there have been six deaths because of Arkansas boat accidents. At this same time last year Arkansas had 12 accidents with four fatalities. In 2008 there were 86 reported boat accidents with 14 fatalities, 44 personal injuries and estimated property damage of almost $280,000.
It is important to pay close attention to your surroundings and always keep a proper lookout while boating on Arkansas lakes and rivers. Arkansas boat law mandates that any individual born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, must complete a boater education course before they may operate any powerboat or personal watercraft. However, the course is open to boaters of all ages and educates individuals on water regulations and safety.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission makes it easy for boaters to complete the Boating Education course. Individuals may take the course at home through a DVD, online or through a class. If you or a family member suffers a injury in a boat accident please contact an Arkansas personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so a full and accurate investigation of the accident can take place.