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Boating accidents: Man surrenders over Eagle Creek June accident

While the rivers in Tennessee are sources of fun and water sports, they have also been the scenes of many accidents. Boating accidents have led to life-changing injuries and even deaths in the past. A man from Crockett County recently surrendered to police with regards to an accident on a lake in Eagle Creek.

The accident investigation has not been completed yet, but it was reported that the incident occurred while the 38-year-old man was boating on an afternoon in June of last year. He apparently collided with a 28-year-old woman who was wakeboarding behind another boat. The seriously injured woman was rushed to a hospital by ambulance.

After the man had turned himself in, he was arrested on charges of negligent vessel operation and aggravated assault. He posted a bond of $20,000 and was awaiting his next hearing. The current condition of the victim is not known. Negligent boating often results from a failure to follow directions, not maintaining control of the vessel, not keeping a lookout for others on the waterways -- both in boats and on the water -- and piloting while under the influence.

Many boating accidents occur due to such negligence by other parties. When a person in Tennessee is harmed in such circumstances, they may be eligible for compensation for damages such as medical costs, pain and suffering and more. Negligence will have to be established to substantiate a personal injury claim in a civil court. An experienced personal injury attorney can explain the client's rights and assess the circumstances to determine the damages that may be recovered.

Source: parispi.net, "Man charged in June 2015 boating incident", Glenn Tanner, Feb. 11, 2016

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