Boating while intoxicated arrests and accidents dwindle in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had reported that there have been fewer cases of boating injuries caused by intoxicated boating while on state waters, and there are less people getting arrested for boating while intoxicated, according to a September 12 Quad-City Times article.

Law enforcement agents could not pinpoint the exact reason for these dwindling numbers. According to the information from the agency, personal injuries related to boating accidents decreased by 70% since 2010 while boating-while-intoxicated arrests declined by 64% in just two years.

The number of BWIs increased in 2012, when Iowa changed the legal blood-alcohol level for boaters to .08 from .10 in accordance with the state’s operating-while-intoxicated law. Records showed that there were 97 BWI arrests in 2012, which was twice the number of arrests from the previous year. So far this year, there have only been 35 arrests.

If you have been injured in a boating accident or another accident due to the negligence of someone else, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines may help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible. Contact us today by calling (515) 225-2600 to learn more.


Man injured in Des Moines River watercraft-boat collision

The driver of a personal watercraft was injured when his vehicle collided with a boat in the Des Moines River, causing the boat to overturn and sink, The Des Moines Register reported on July 4.

According to Johnston Fire Chief Jim Krohse, the victim who had been operating the personal watercraft may have suffered a spinal injury. Emergency medical respondents brought the injured man to a hospital. None of the four boat passengers were injured in the incident. The details surrounding the accident remain unclear, although it appeared as though everyone in the accident knew each other; police continue to investigate.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a boating accident in Des Moines, the personal injury attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may help you hold the responsible party financially accountable for any damages sustained. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your case and learn how we may help you.


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