Fatal Boat Collision Near Camas Slough Bridge

camas slough bridgeA woman was killed and two others suffered injuries in a boat collision Sunday near the Camas Slough Bridge. 

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Emergency crews arrived at the scene to find two motorized boats had collided underneath the bridge. 

A 41-year-old Oregon woman was killed. Her husband was operating the boat. He was critically injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. 

A 36-year-old Camas man was operating the second boat. He suffered minor injuries and was also taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. 

Police say there were no obvious signs of impairment in the crash. 

The investigation is ongoing and police say both boat operators are cooperating. 

The Camas Slough is a side-channel from the Columbia River.

Location of the Collision

Evidence is Key in Boating Accident Cases

After a boating accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you and your family take care of the legal side of things. The attorney will handle collecting the evidence, which may include: 

  • Photos: After an accident, it’s important that all photos are collected from the scene. Photos are a key piece to reconstructing the incident and possibly determining liability in the case. Video evidence, if available, should also be gathered. 
  • Witness statements: If anybody witnessed the collision, they could be extremely valuable in your case.
  • Police reports: If the police responded to the collision, there should be a police report that details the circumstances of the accident. This report may include potential causes of the accident and responsible parties. 
  • Phone records: If the boat operator that caused the collision was distracted, cell phone records may be able to prove your case. 
  • Medical records: A definitive record of injuries and treatment is essential in building a personal injury case. 

Liability in Boating Accidents

Just like with car accidents, injured persons in a boating accident must prove that the boat operator was negligent. If the boater is found negligent, injured persons may be able to recover damages. 

In order to be found negligent, the boat operator must have deviated from the reasonable standard of car that was owed to passengers and those on surrounding boats. 

There are three elements that must be proven in order to prove negligence:

  1. The boat operator owed a legal duty of care to passengers within the area;
  2. The operator breached that legal duty of care;
  3. As a result of that breach, the plaintiff suffered damages

Washington State Boating Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love have been injured in accident involving a boat or any other type of watercraft in Washington state, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. 

It is difficult for most people to understand the nuances of maritime laws and regulations. But by hiring an experienced boating accident attorney, you can save time and money, while also putting you and your family in the best possible position to recover damages. 

Contact Davis Law Group, P.S., today for a free case evaluation. Call (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page.

Chris Davis
Award-winning personal injury attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, Washington.
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