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FRESNO: Lily Harris Died In Boat Accident At Bass Lake After Being Struck By A Pontoon Boat


Oct 1, 2018

Lily Harris and Her Father Brandon Harris Were In An Inner Tube On Bass Lake When She Was Killed In Boating Accident; Please Support The Family By Donating To Their Go Fund Me

 FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2018) A 7-year-old girl identified as Lily Harris was tragically killed in a boating accident on Bass Lake while she was inner tubing with her father.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Department said that the little girl and her father were being pulled by a Jet Ski when a pontoon boat ran both of them over. Lily Harris’ father Brandon Harris suffered injuries in the accident, but he is expected to survive.

The young girl’s aunt set up a GO FUND ME page in order to help cover funeral expenses. Family of the victim were devastated upon hearing the news.

The boating accident at Bass Lake that killed Lily Harris and injured Bob Harris remains under investigation.

Boat Accident Statistics

The number of boating accidents every year from 1997 till 2016 has gone down by about half. Injuries have gone down by 33%, but the number of fatalities has remained relatively the same.  The vast majority of boating accident victims drowned (80%). Of those that drowned another 83% were not wearing a life jacket. Another 77% of the accidents that occurred took place with a boat driver that had not received basic safety instructions. The facts are pretty clear. If you want to stay safe on a boat wear a life jacket, learn how to swim and only go out with someone with boat safety training.

Liability In Boat Accidents

Boat accident liability is determined in much the same way that car accident liability is determined. Common law concepts of negligence will be used to see who was at fault. For example, was one boat driver speeding, intoxicated or distracted. Generally speaking, motorboat operators are more likely to be held at fault in an accident based on boating “rules of the road.” Victims of a boat accident will typically have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages. An experienced wrongful death attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Getting Help After A Boat Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lily Harris as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. This should never have happened.  We encourage everyone to donate to the GO FUND ME that has been set up for the family so that this little girl can be laid to rest in peace. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability after this accident.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a boating accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced and compassionate Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We aim to stand up for accident victims and to make sure that they are well taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a police report after an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. Hoa Quách. 7-Year-Old California Girl Killed, 1 Week Before Her Birthday. September 11, 2018

  2. David Goguen. Personal Injury Claims and Liability After a Boat Accident. 2018

  3. American Boating Association. Boating Fatality Facts. 2018.

  4. Go Fund Me. Our angel Lily taken too soon. September 29, 2018

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