On July 28, 2012, 10-year-old Tony Borcia was tragically killed in an Illinois boating accident on Petite Lake. The accident happened just after 4:30 p.m., while he and his family enjoyed a relaxing day out on the lake. The young boy and another member of his family were riding behind the boat on an inner tube when Borcia was thrown from the tube and struck by an oncoming motorboat. He suffered
traumatic brain injuries and subsequently drowned. Witnesses say that the lake was crowded that day, as is usual for any Saturday afternoon, but it has yet to be decided whether or not that played a role in the young boy's death.
The drivers of both boats were asked to submit a blood sample after the incident in order to discern whether or not either of the drivers had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, but as of now, no charges have been placed upon either party. Boating accidents are more common than most people would think, and many times result in catastrophic injuries or even death. In order to prevent such incidents from happening, every boater must adhere to the boating regulations that have been set out by the state. When a driver fails to do so, the consequences may be devastating for all other unsuspecting victims out on the water.
If you have been involved in a boating accident at the hands of a drunk or reckless driver, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Similarly, if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a boating accident, you should not hesitate to file a
personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. For more information about your legal options, do not wait to review the facts of your case with a knowledgeable lawyer. Also, for a more comprehensive understanding of state boating regulations, visit the official website of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission by