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During the summer months, many Americans flock to rivers to enjoy their cool waters and escape the heat. While rivers can be fun and exciting for families, they can also be dangerous if the proper safety guidelines are not followed.

Every year, new and experienced swimmers alike lose their lives in river drowning accidents. While some drownings can be prevented, some are simply unpredictable. Fortunately, there are some things that swimmers can do to keep themselves and their loved ones relatively safe while in the water this summer.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a river drowning accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. The initial consultation is free, and you won’t be expected to pay us a thing unless we win a favorable verdict for you in your case.


Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion in liquid, usually water. Although many people enjoy taking a dip in their local river, doing so without knowing the risks for injury can be fatal. Furthermore, experts estimate that drowning accidents consume nearly $273 million every year in direct and indirect costs.

According to the World Health Organization, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths in the world, with 320,000 drowning deaths reported annually. Though that number includes accidents across the entire world, the United States’ numbers are equally shocking. The Center for Disease Control reports that, on average, 3,536 people die from drowning in the United States every year, which is equal to approximately 10 drownings per day.

Despite limited data, some studies indicate that 45% of drowning deaths occur among the most economically active segment of the population. Drowning outcomes are classified as death, morbidity, or no morbidity; experts use these classifications worldwide to allow researchers to effectively compare data compiled in different countries.

In 2019, drowning accidents caused the majority of deaths in children below the age of 14 years old; unbeknownst to some, a child can drown in as little as two inches of water. Unfortunately, many survivors of drowning accidents are left with severe, long-term emotional trauma and physical injuries as a result of the incident. Thus, it is essential that parents and guardians are aware of the risks associated with even small bodies of water when venturing outdoors.

how can river drowning ACCIDENTS be prevented?

Although some drowning accidents are unexpected, the majority of water injuries can be prevented by following the recommended safety procedures and protocols. Fortunately, and somewhat frustratingly, accidental drowning is almost completely preventable. Medical and safety experts recommend adhering to the following safety tips to keep safe while swimming:

  • Learn how to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Do not dive into shallow or murky water.
  • Always go in feet first.
  • Stay in designated areas.
  • Know how to do CPR.
  • Do not swim in an unknown river.
  • Avoid swimming after a storm.
  • Avoid swimming in rivers with strong currents.
  • Stay out of the water during a lightning storm.
  • Assess water and weather conditions before swimming.
  • Do not drink or use drugs around rivers.
  • Avoid swimming in the dark.
  • Know your limits.
  • Use life jackets and other safety gear when in or around the water.

Drowning accidents and water injuries are common and occur every day in some part of the United States. Fortunately, swimmers and their guardians can prevent most of these accidents and tragedies. By following the aforementioned safety protocols, families can avoid losing a loved one to a river drowning accident; choosing to follow these simple guidelines may very well be the difference between life and death.

If you were injured while swimming in a river, you should contact a river drowning lawyer as soon as possible. Drowning accident victims may suffer from debilitating disabilities for the rest of their lives; Zinda Law Group may be able to help your family receive compensation to offset the financial burden that can accompany such a tragic outcome. Once hired, a personal injury lawyer can help you or your loved one determine whether you have legal standing to bring a drowning lawsuit in court.

can i file a claim for MY river drowning incident?

Depending on the specific facts of your claim, you may be able to seek legal recourse for any injuries or deaths caused by a river drowning accident. These drowning cases are commonly brought under personal injury theories of negligence.

Negligence is an area of tort law that attempts to redress harm caused not by intent, but by inattention or carelessness. The basic idea behind the law of negligence is that people should behave in such a way that considers foreseeable harm to others from their actions. A claim for negligence requires proof of the following four elements:

  • The existence of a duty of care
  • A breach of that duty
  • Causation between the action/inaction and the injuries
  • Damages

If you can satisfy all four of the aforementioned elements, you may have a negligence claim against the person responsible for your injuries. Some drowning accident cases can be filed as a wrongful death action if the victim of the accident died as a result of the incident. In such a case, the surviving family members would still need to the satisfy the elements of a negligence case and prove that the victim truly died during the accident; notably, only immediate family members are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in most courts.

Drowning accident claims require extensive legal research because they are highly fact-intensive. If you or your loved one was injured in a drowning accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can help you evaluate the specific facts of your case and choose your best avenue for legal redress.

who is responsible for MY river drowning incident?

Many people assume that if an accident or drowning occurs on a public river, no one can be held responsible for the injuries and losses that ensue. Unfortunately, this mistaken assumption leads many injury victims to forgo filing a lawsuit seeking compensation from a guilty party. These victims are typically left to shoulder the burden of medical expenses and other losses alone.

Fortunately, many river drowning victims actually can file a lawsuit and bring a legal claim in court. Depending on your jurisdiction and its laws, some rivers are not considered public property, but rather private property. In these cases, a private property owner who did not take sufficient steps to warn others about the dangers of a river that ran through his or her property may be held responsible in part for causing your injuries and losses.

Even if the river is considered a public waterway, there may be any number of people responsible for causing or contributing to your injury accident; for example, you may be able to file a claim against other negligent river-goers, boaters, lifeguards, river patrols, or supervisors. Sometimes a faulty product, like a defective flotation device or boat part, can cause a swimmer to drown unexpectedly. If a faulty product caused your accident, you may be able to file a claim against the product’s manufacturer, distributor, or seller.

The process of recovering compensation for your river accident injuries begins by speaking with an experienced river injury attorney like those at Zinda Law Group. A knowledgeable river drowning lawyer can help you evaluate the legal standing of your case. If you do choose to file a lawsuit, your attorney may be able to help you collect statements from witnesses and any other important evidence necessary to prove your claim; your attorney can also help you file the necessary court documents to begin your case and advance it through the judicial system.


A river drowning accident can cause a victim to sustain serious or fatal injuries. Fortunately, many drowning accidents are preventable if swimmers follow safety guidelines when around or in the water.

Surviving victims may be left with hefty debt, grief, and trauma as a result of a drowning accident; these claims can require substantial legal and factual analysis because of their detail-intensive nature. Although many drownings are preventable, some are simply unforeseeable. If you were injured in a river drowning accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who handles water injury cases as soon as possible; an experienced attorney from Zinda Law may be able to help you assess liability, allocate fault, and seek compensation accordingly.

At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Zinda Law Group may be able to provide you with personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of your legal claim. Moreover, the sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.

If you or your loved one was injured in a water accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our river drowning attorneys. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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