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Man Sentenced To Two Years In Fatal Boating Crash May Still Face Civil Lawsuits

What began as a fun weekend at the lake, turned into a tragedy.

A 54-year-old Grands Fork, MN man allegedly had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit when the boat he was operating at about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 9, 2015 struck a tree sticking out of the lake. A 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene; the driver and others were transported to the hospital with injuries, two of them critically.

The driver of the boat had a blood alcohol content of 0.178 approximately three hours after the crash, according to a blood test taken at the hospital. Officials also determined that the man was operating the boat at a high rate of speed, estimated up to 38 mph, just 20 feet from shore. It is unknown if the boat had safety lights or if the passengers were wearing life jackets. The operator of the boat was recently sentenced to manslaughter, three counts of reckless endangerment, and boating under the influence.

When an accident occurs in a boat accident because of the carelessness of the owner, the victim can be legally entitled to financial reparations. Some families of the victims have already indicated they will be filing civil lawsuits against the negligent driver. While nothing will undo their loss, holding the drunk driver accountable will provide some compensation and hopefully act as a deterrent against future negligence by boaters.

Boating accident lawsuits may take years before a settlement is reached, and with bills continuously adding up, the ability to wait for a settlement may not be an option. When this happens, litigation funding can be an essential asset. Litigation funding is a service that provides a lawsuit cash advance, before your case is settled, that will permit plaintiffs to wait for a just settlement rather than be forced to settle for pennies on the dollar because of financial difficulties.

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If you have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence or reckless of another, Lawsuit Financial believes you shouldn’t have to wait or settle for less than you deserve. Call us today and learn how our litigation funding services can be a valuable asset for you.