Group of 7 injured in boat crash reach settlement

Seven passengers who were aboard a boat that was hit by a drunk driver have been awarded $500,000 thanks to a steadfast team of attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm.

On a clear, dry evening last summer Jeffrey Martinez and a group of his friends were on board Martinez’s 2001 Chapparel Sport headed to what was then Rusty Rudder’s on Lake Travis to celebrate the upcoming July 4th holiday.

A passenger noticed a second boat was headed directly towards them. To avoid a head-on collision, Martinez quickly made a hard left turn. The oncoming boat struck Martinez’s boat on the right side, throwing all seven passengers violently around the boat.

The driver of the second boat then fled the scene of the crash. A nearby boat stopped to aid Martinez and his injured passengers.

All passengers suffered various degrees of injury, from broken ribs to memory loss.

The boat was deemed a total loss following the crash.

The negligent driver, who is also the owner of a professional boating company, was later arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated.

The group of seven victims was represented by Carlson’s Todd and Robbye Kelly

“While drinking is a natural part of many people’s boating events, operating a boat after drinking is really no different than getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking too much:  You must have a designated driver for the boat,” said Robbye Kelly.

“When our clients came to us, they had varying degrees of medical injuries, and some had very significant medical bills.  The proceeds from this lawsuit will help defray the costs of those bills and the wages that were lost during recovery, added Todd Kelly. “Money damages are often maligned in this country, but Robbye and I knew that money damages were the only justice available to these victims who were just trying to enjoy a 4th of July weekend on the lake.”

If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the harms and losses you have suffered. We care, we can help.


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