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Following three consecutive years of deadly Independence Day weekend boating accidents, Lake Anna residents are pushing for an increased law enforcement presence. “Egregious” violations of the rules have led to more accidents than usual, locals recently told reporters.

The Lake Anna civic association is pushing for more police presence on particularly busy weekends on the lake. When the lake gets crowded, locals say, people become less considerate of others. Alcohol is consumed on the water more frequently in these cases, and boats become overloaded with more people than they were designed for.

Unsurprisingly, this often leads to deadly accidents. This year’s 4th of July weekend saw a fatal accident in which a boat had to swerve last minute to avoid a collision. A man on board the swerving boat was ejected from the vessel and died from his injuries. Similar accidents have occurred in four of the last five Independence Day Weekends.

As one of the largest freshwater lakes in Virginia, Lake Anna is a popular spot for recreational boating. Accidents there have steadily increased through the years as the lake has become more popular.

Everything from kayaks to yachts to jet skis roam the lake in the summer months. Many states limit the kinds of vessels that are allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline, leading many locals to assume that folks from Maryland and Pennsylvania go out of their way to make a trip to Lake Anna.

Whatever the reason, we can only hope that increased police presence will put a stop to the violence on the lake.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

A boating accident on Lake Anna has killed one man and sent two children to the hospital with injuries. Police say the July 1, 2017 accident near Fredericksburg occurred when one boat swerved to hit another heading its way. A 53-year-old man was ejected from the swerving boat.

The man’s boat then ran over the line of a third boat that happened to be towing two children on tubes. They were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The body of the ejected boater was found shortly after the wreck. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident and succumbed to injuries he sustained in the accident.

It is believed that alcohol played a role in this 4th of July weekend accident. The fatality marks the third consecutive death on Lake Anna over the holiday weekend.

It’s not clear who was responsible for the boat the victim tried to avoid, but police say they are investigating and hope to file charges against the person. We can only hope that justice will soon be served.

We send our condolences out to the family of the man killed in the accident.

People come from all over to celebrate the long holiday weekend on Lake Anna. Boats and jet skis clutter the water and when people at the helm lose control, danger is imminent. Always remind your family and loved ones to wear life jackets on the water, no matter how good of a swimmer they might be.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

Two men are safe after their jet skis broke down while on a trip out to the Monitor Merrimack Bridge. The men, from Suffolk and Chesapeake, say their jet skis experienced mechanical failure. They were forced to swim the channel for hours with their jet skis in tow. When the men failed to turn up as originally scheduled, their families called authorities to help search for the pair.

The jet skiers ultimately ended up at the former site of Bennett Creek Restaurant. They tied up their jet skis and walked to a nearby grocery store, where they were able to call home and report that they were safe. The call came around 2:30 in the morning — about eight hours after the men set out on their jet skis.

Neither man was injured in this incident. That this story has a happy ending is something of a miracle. Both men were wearing jet skis when they became stranded on the water, which surely helped them to not grow exhausted from swimming.

This incident highlights the importance of those life jackets. Had these men gone jet skiing without them on, this news report might have ended much differently. When you and your family take to the open water this summer, make sure everyone has their life jacket on and properly fitting.

Like any watercraft, jet skis can break down when you least expect them to. It’s important they receive regular maintenance, especially before they go out on the water for the summer!

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe – GET HELP

Maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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A woman is recovering in the hospital following a boat crash in Spotsylvania, Virginia. She and a companion were boating on Lake Anna around 9 PM the night of May 28. The boat struck the shore after propelling 20 feet. The owner and operator of the boat was not injured in the crash, but the female passenger was hospitalized.

The owner was charged with reckless operation of a watercraft. Initial investigations reveal speed was a factor in the accident.

Too often, we see boats as oversized toys rather than the vehicle they actually are. Sure, there’s tons of fun to be had aboard a speed boat, but there’s no denying the risks involved, too. Too many people forget that their boat is as dangerous — if not more so — than their car. Just like drivers of cars, boaters must follow safety rules and regulations on top of laws regarding speed. Even late at night when the lake is empty, these laws must be adhered to.

Boating laws exist not only to protect the general public, but to protect ourselves as well. When boaters make risky moves, they can end in tragedy.

Reduce the risks of an accident the next time you go boating. Always follow boating laws and avoid excessive speed. Never drink and operate a boat, and always wear your life vest, even if you think you don’t need it! Nothing spoils a nice night out on the water like a trip to the hospital or an arrest. Stay safe and keep everyone happy!

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe – GET HELP

Maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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Three people are recovering from injuries sustained in an boat explosion last week in North Carolina. WTKR reports that the Ocean Isle Beach accident occurred Friday, June 2nd on a dock along the coast. The explosion occurred when two boaters accidentally put 28 gallons of gas into a fishing rod holder.

A fellow boater noticed the sheen of gas on the water and informed the men of their mistake. He warned them not to start up their engine in case of an explosion, and urged them to call for a tow instead. When the boaters disconnected their battery cables, a spark ignited and caught the gasoline on fire. The boat quickly exploded. All three of the men on board were injured, and two had to be airlifted to a local burn unit for treatment.

This accident highlights the risk for real danger in even the most relaxed of days on a boat. Shockingly, the explosion could have caused even more damage, as the fire inched incredibly close to nearby gas pumps. Thankfully, someone was able to turn the pumps off in time to prevent more explosions. We applaud the quick thinking and action of the people on staff.

Accidents can happen to even the most experienced boater. On many boats, the fishing rod holder is right next to the gas tank. It’s easy to get distracted, stick the gas nozzle in the holder and pour fuel into the completely wrong place. Let this incident serve as a reminder to take care when fueling up this summer!

Virginia Maritime Accident Lawyer

The law governing matters related to the navigable waters of the world has developed for centuries and when you need legal help because of accidents, injuries, and wrongful death related to maritime activities, you need a lawyer who understands these laws.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Serpe has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 29 years. If you’d like to speak with Richard Serpe about your situation, contact us today 877-544-5323.