People who rent items from companies expect that those items will be properly maintained prior to the rental. While that seems like a fairly simple expectation, an accident that occurred on May 31 while a group of four people was boating to Chicago on Lake Michigan.
The group rented a 33-foot motorboat from Sail Time Chicago to travel from New Buffalo to Chicago. While they were on the water, the boat caught on fire. Only one of the three people on the boat survived the fatal accident. Two of the other people were found deceased. One of those women died of hypothermia, and the other drowned. The final person is still missing.
According to the lawsuit, negligence led to the fire that caused the boat to sink. Three days prior to the group renting the motorboat, there was a problem with the electrical system or battery. The problem was supposedly repaired by the company; however, the boat caught fire while the group was miles from the coast.
The lone survivor has opted to file a lawsuit against the company for an undisclosed amount in damages. While he has opted to seek compensation for his injuries, the fact remains that three other people died in the accident. Those families now have to deal with knowing their loved ones died in a tragic accident on Lake Michigan.
Being injured in a boating accident or losing a loved one in a boating accident isn't easy, especially when the accident was likely caused by negligent maintenance of the boat. Opting to seek compensation is something that might ultimately help to bring closure.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Man Sues Rental Company After Fatal Boating Accident" Jul. 11, 2014