Boating Accident on Lake Tillery Seriously Injures Duke Football Player

Blair Holliday, a star football player for Duke, was recent injured in a jet ski accident at Lake Tillery. Holliday remains in critical condition at Chapel Hill.

According to the boating accident reports, it all happened when one of his teammate’s jet skis slammed into Holliday’s. According to the assistant director for sports information at Duke, Art Chase, the accident remains under investigation. Local emergency response teams responded to the accident at roughly 5:00 p.m.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family,” David Cutcliffe, Duke football coach.

Our Charlotte accident attorneys understand that there were nearly 5,000 boating accidents that took the lives of nearly 800 people and injured another 3,100 just in 2011 in the U.S.

These accidents totaled more than $50 million in property damage. The fatality rate jumped nearly 15 percent from the previous year. This increase is surprising considering that there was a decrease in the total number of registered watercraft from 2010. The problem is that most people think that they can swim well enough to avoid a potentially fatal accident, but the truth of the matter is that in these kinds of situations, our brain doesn’t think clearly and shock and panic take hold. It’s important to keep safety as a number one priority on the water, regardless of what kind of watercraft you’re in.

Of these boating accidents, about 70 percent were the result of drowning-related fatalities. Nearly 85 percent of accident victims were not wearing a left jacket when the accident occurred, according to Boating Safety Resource Center. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%) and motorboats (14%).

If you enjoy being on the water, we encourage you to enroll in a boating class and get some formal education. It can be the key to keeping you out of a potentially fatal accident. As a matter of fact, only about 10 percent of boating fatalities happened on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.

About 80 percent of the people who were killed in a drowning accident on the water in 2011 were using vessels that were less than 21 feet long.

Why do boating accidents happen?

-Excessive Speed
-Operator Inexperience
-Improper Lookout
-Machinery Failure

If you’re planning on bringing out your young ones with you, you’re going to want to keep an extra close eye on them. According to 2011 statistics, nearly 20 kids under the age of 15-years-old died in boating-related accidents across the U.S. Of these fatalities, about 60 percent of the children drowned. Nearly 80 percent of these victims were in fact wearing a life jacket, as required for these young ones by federal law.

Alcohol consumption is the number one cause of fatal boating accidents in the U.S. As a matter of fact, it was leading as the leading factor in nearly 20 percent of fatalities.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a boating accident in the Charlotte or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the boat accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.

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Lake Fontana and Lake Hiwassee Boating Accidents Kill Two, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, April 17, 2012

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