Drowning deaths can turn summer fun in Virginia into tragedy
Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

Summer is here, and residents of Virginia will be heading to the state's lakes, rivers, coastline, or even to their community pool to escape the heat with a dip in the water. Unfortunately, though, drowning is a very real possibility when a person is swimming, boating, or doing any other activity on the water. Some drowning accidents are truly that -- accidents -- but other times they could have been prevented but for the negligence of another.

When a person experiences the loss a loved one in an otherwise preventable drowning event at a swimming pool or waterway, he or she may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. There are many instances when such lawsuits are justified, for example, when another person could have physically caused another individual to drown. In other cases, the person responsible for the pool or waterway was negligent in its operation, and that person's actions or inactions caused the victim to drown. There are also laws regulating public swimming pools. If these laws are violated, leading to a drowning event, it may be possible to pursue a wrongful death suit.

Many drowning events involve activities other than swimming. Boating, water skiing, tubing, and jet skiing are all activities that could lead to a drowning event. If a boater is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes a drowning event, he or she could face liability for the death.

In the end, while individuals need to take care while they are swimming or boating, they may still be susceptible to the negligent actions of others on the water. Individuals in Danville who need more information about drowning events and wrongful death lawsuits should seek the help they need to make knowledgeable legal choices.

Source: FindLaw, "Drowning," accessed June 13, 2016

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