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Durango, CO – Man Killed in Guided Raft Tour on Animas River

By Burg Simpson
June 8, 2020
4 min read

Durango, CO (June 8, 2020) – A rafting accident on Sunday in Durango claimed one man’s life, according to reports. On June 7, officers from the Durango Police Department and emergency medical service workers were called to the scene of a water incident on the Animas River.

Reports from the Durango Police Commander indicate that a 61-year-old male was on a guided rafting trip with his wife, another couple, and a tour guide when the water overtook the raft. The raft flipped over, spilling all of the occupants into the water. Three victims were able to make it to shore safely. The man suffered injuries in the accident and was knocked unconscious. He was rescued after a short time and carried to shore where he was pronounced deceased after failed resuscitation efforts. At this time, the incident remains under investigation.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who lost his life in this accident.

Fatal Watercraft Accidents in Colorado

Durango, CO – Man Killed in Guided Raft Tour on Animas RiverEvery year, numerous people throughout the United States lose their lives in rafting accidents. In Colorado, a handful of victims lose their lives in rafting accidents along rivers and other bodies of water. These unpredictable accidents often have a devastating impact on families. This is particularly true in cases where people lose their lives in accidents resulting from the negligence of others.

In our state, people are often required to sign waivers before heading out on guided water tours and trips. These waivers are designed to indemnify tour companies from any injuries or deaths that occur while guests are utilizing their company’s services. Though these waivers are generally difficult to argue, families do have legal options available after losing loved ones. In order to prevail, families must be able to prove that the company maintained willful and wanton conduct while guiding the tour that resulted in death. Working with Colorado wrongful death lawyers will provide surviving relatives with the best chances of recovering after losing a loved one in a watercraft accident.

Our accident lawyers in Colorado at Burg Simpson have argued thousands of cases over the past four decades to ensure victims get the justice they deserve. Our team is committed to helping families rebuild their lives after losing loved ones and move forward in the best way imaginable. We strive to help families maximize their recoveries so they are able to cover the financial burdens they face moving forward. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Colorado at (888) 895-2080 to schedule a free case evaluation to see how our team can help you.

Note: Independent sources were used in the creation of this post. These sources include news reports, police reports, eye-witness reports, social media reports, and first-hand accounts about the injury accident. For that reason, the facts pertaining to the specific events surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our writing team. If there is any information that is not correct about a specific incident or if you would prefer that the post be removed, please reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can make the correction or remove the post.  

Disclaimer: At the personal injury law firm of Burg Simpson, we have made it our mission to give back to our local community members. We have dedicated our careers to changing peoples’ lives for the better by fighting for them in court to ensure that they receive fair and full compensation for their injuries and damages after suffering an injury.  We hope these posts will help bring awareness to the dangers of driving and will remind members of our communities to practice safer driving habits and take the necessary precautions to prevent being injured. This is not a solicitation for business. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical advice or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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