A pregnant woman and a child were recently killed after a boat collision on High Rock Lake in Davidson County. Officials report that a speedboat collided with the pontoon boat at around 12:30 p.m. Four people were present on each boat, and four of the people on the pontoon boat were all family members. The child who was killed was around 3 years old, and the pregnant woman was tragically ejected from the pontoon boat and had to be recovered by rescue crews.
Another man has suffered critical head injuries, and remains in the hospital. No one on the speed boat was injured. Police are investigating the accident. They report that excess speed of the boat may have been a factor. If speed does happen to be a factor in this case, the driver of the speed boat may be negligent by violating a speeding statute. Negligence per se occurs when (1) the defendant violated a statute; (2) the statute provides for a criminal penalty (not civil penalties) such as fines and imprisonment; (3) the act caused the king of harm the statute was designed to prevent, and (4) the plaintiff was a member of the statute’s protected class.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a automobile, boating, or any other collision, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a consultation. You can reach us at our Baxter Village office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.