Los Angeles Chief of Staff of the Department on Disability Nicole Willett died After She Was Run Over By A Power Boat In Marina Del Rey As She Was Kayaking
MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2018) A 47-year-old woman identified as Nicole Willett was killed in a boating accident after her kayak was run over.
Nicole Willett has served as the Los Angeles Chief of Staff of the Department on Disability since 2014. Two people were aboard the 50 foot power boat at the time of the accident.
The boat operator didn’t appear to realize what happened until they were alerted by a fishing boat. Marina Del Rey police did not cite the driver of the boat. Both people on board spoke to investigators for several hours.
An investigation into the fatal kayaking accident that killed Nicole Willett remains ongoing at this time.
Staying Safe While Kayaking
Kayaking can be an extremely enjoyable and peaceful recreational activity. But there is always the possibility of injury or death. Here are just a few safety tips you should follow to say safe while kayaking:
Safety Vests: It has been estimated that 80% of people who die in boating accidents do so by drowning. A life-jacket can significantly improve your odds of survival in an accident.
Boating Rules: There are “rules of the road” for boats in much the same way there are for cars. Learning these rules and following them will help keep you safe.
Instruction: It’s a good idea to learn proper paddling techniques. Among other things this can help you prevent your kayak from tipping over.
Boating accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and often result in death. A Los angeles personal injury attorney can take steps to help preserve your rights after an accident.
Liability In Boating Accidents
Boat operators are expected to drive reasonably safe and obey the boating rules of the road. Unfortunately, boat drivers become distracted or intoxicated and this can impact their ability to drive safely. There are obviously no road lanes on a lake or in the ocean, but there rules that govern how boats should maneuver in the water. Power boats, for example, are more likely to be found liable in accidents than other vehicles. Victims of boat accidents or their family may have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to be compensated for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A personal injury 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 deepest sympathies to the family of Nicole Willett as they are grieving this loss. Anyone that may have witnessed the accident should come forward and speak with investigators. This accident should never have happened. Motorized boat operators are supposed to be scanning the water and avoiding people and other vehicles.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or died in a boat accident you may have legal recourse. The wrongful death attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can take steps to help preserve your rights. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and will fight hard to make sure that you are taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a copy of a police report we are here for you. You’re always welcome to contact us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
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