As Chattanooga accident lawyers, we see many tragedies that leave families devastated and unsure what to do next, We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and determine if you have a case.
Last week we discussed a tragedy that occurred on the Tennessee River in 2010. The incident was back in the news because the case was was finally going to trial. Well, that trial is over and the verdict is in.
A towboat captain was facing the incredibly serious charges of negligent homicide, reckless operation of a boat, and failure to render aid after the vessel he was piloting smashed into a fishing boat. His towboat was pulling a 671-foot tow of barges when it collided with a 16-foot fishing boat. Ultimately, two men on board the fishing boat lost their lives.
Prosecutors claimed that the captain wasn’t paying attention while piloting the towboat, a lapse in judgment which cost two men their lives. They argued that he’d sent his lookout to perform other duties instead of watching for boats like the one that was hit.
The captain’s defense argued that the men on the fishing boat were drinking and that was why they weren’t able to get out of the way of the barges. They claim the victims were responsible for the accident and no blame should be placed on the captain.
So who did the Chattanooga jury side with? After deliberating for less than an hour, they acquitted the captain of any wrongdoing. As Chattanooga accident lawyers we know that the families of the victims are heartbroken at the news. What are your thoughts on this complicated case?
Chattanooga Accident Lawyers Can Help Victims’ Families
The legal process is often complex, but experienced Chattanooga accident lawyers like the McMahan Law Firm can help guide you through every step. In the wake of the towboat captain’s acquittal, it’s important to keep in mind that the outcome of a criminal trial does not prevent surviving loved ones from pursuing a civil claim.
That’s where we come in – we make the process easy and we offer free case reviews to accident victims to determine the viability of their potential case. Contact our legal team today to find out more.
Source. JRN.com, ‘http://www.jrn.com/newschannel5/news/259973771.html?lc=Smart,’May 20, 2014.