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Dallas Pool and Lake Injury Lawyer – A Drowning Fatality in Texas May Lead to Charges of Criminal Negligence

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Photo by Vince Mig

Information about the tragic drowning fatality of a 12-year-old girl which happened four years ago in the Guadalupe River appeared recently in the Seguin Gazette.  The core questions, in the midst of the confusing circumstances outlined in the story, are:  Should placing children in fast-moving, high water be considered child abandonment or child endangerment?  And if a child drowns in those circumstances, are charges of negligent homicide appropriate?

Water is a source of danger, and swimming pool owners, for example, are held accountable to ensure that small children in particular aren’t subject to drowning in their pool.

Boaters must also take responsibility for lives on their vessel, ensuring that they don’t get injured or killed as a result of recklessness or negligence of some kind.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental deaths which take place in the home.  Small children can drown in inches of water, and many parents don’t realize the hazard which exists until it’s too late.

When families have fun getting active together, water is often involved.  Going to the beach, boating in a lake, and tubing down Texas rivers are all great fun.  Unfortunately, accidents resulting in serious injuries and in fatalities frequently occur; most occurrences are preventable.

Of the numerous family tragedies involving drowning, the vast majority are found to be accidents.  But there are injury and fatality cases in which charges of negligence are filed against a party or parties responsible; as written in the Seguin Gazette, the above-mentioned case currently under review may be one of them.

–Guest Contributor


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