Yearly Archives - 2016

Boating Injuries by the Numbers

The summer has unofficially started as of this Memorial Day. Everyone across the country will be flocking outside to enjoy the warm weather, the sun, the sand, and the great outdoors. Those who are fortunate enough to own boats will be dusting off their vessels ands setting sail. Unfortunately, however, boating is a leading cause of injury and death in recreation, responsible for about 600 deaths a year in the United States.

Because this cause of injury and death is so large, we decided to take a closer look at the phenomenon using data. Below are our findings on the prevalence of boating injuries:

The leading causes of boating injury is operator inattention, followed by improper lookout, and operator inexperience.
As with distracted driving, distraction is also a major problem while boating. The next leading cause is improper lookout. After that is operator inexperience: While it may seem fun to let your kids take a shot at driving the boat, it’s probably best to leave it to the adults.

Alcohol is the leading cause of boating deaths.

While alcohol is only the sixth leading cause of boating accidents, it’s first in causing deaths. Again, the car metaphor applies: Drinking and operating a heavy machine is a bad idea.

Most boating accidents happen in the afternoon on the weekend.


The Saturday afternoons are when the most people are out on the water, so it makes sense that it’s also the time of day with the most accidents.

The rate of boating accidents has been falling over time, but has leveled off recently.
While the rate has always been fairly low, the rate of boating accidents has decreased in recent years thanks to improving technology, better enforcement, and increasing training.


Gateway Law $1000 College Scholarship 2016

Looking for a Scholarship in 2016? Want $1,000 for college? Gateway Law can help make that happen.

If you are currently enrolled in college or headed there in 2016 or 2017 and want to win a $1,000 scholarship to help cover expenses in 2017, consider entering the Gateway Law Firm’s College Scholarship Contest. If you or your family member has been harmed in an accident, you have gone or are going through a very emotional time. We not only want to help our clients, but anyone affected by a personal injury, so we would also like to help you with your educational goals.

We do not want an accident to force you to put your goals on the backburner, especially your educational goals. With this scholarship we hope that we can help you with some expenses if you are a current or upcoming college student. This scholarship will go to help one deserving individual who has been personally injured in an accident or whose life has been impacted by a loved one’s accident.

Gateway Law will award a $1,000 scholarship in January 2017 to a highly motivated student who can thoughtfully express in 800 words or less how an accident (that happened to you personally, or to a loved one) has impacted your life and how you are working to rebuild or better your life by attending college and not letting tragedy stop you.

The Scholarship Prompt:

In 800 words or less, tell us how you have been personally impacted by an accident that has happened to you or a loved one, and how you are committed to rebuilding and continuing your education in order to better your life for yourself and those around you.

How to Enter:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • The file name should be your full name and date of birth. Example: Jane-Doe-1-15-1995.docx.
  • Email the Word document or PDF as an attachment to with your response.
  • Use the subject line: Gateway Law $1,000 Scholarship 2016
  • Submissions must be received by midnight on December 1, 2016.

Here’s How You Win:

  • Send us your response, following the guidelines above.
  • We will pick a winner by December 30th, 2016 and notify you in January 2017. (It’s subjective; we’re going to pick our favorite response.)
  • We will email you to confirm mailing address, and send you a check, or Visa gift card in the mail for $1,000.
  • We will announce the winner on our company blog.

To Be Eligible for our Gateway Law 2016 Scholarship:

  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshmen, sophomore, or junior in college.
  • You must be enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university. Please note that all types of colleges, including four-year, community colleges and “junior colleges” qualify for eligibility.
  • You must be graduating high school or in college and between the ages of 16 and 30.
  • Attach a copy of your most recent school or college transcript and/or proof of school enrollment.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • No friends, family, or prior clients of Gateway Law may apply.
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Winner: We have selected Marla Z. as the winner of this scholarship. Congratulations Marla!