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Government Begins Probe into Missouri Duck Boat Accident that Killed 17 Passengers

boatingOriginally designed for use in the second World War, duck boats are amphibious vehicles that can travel on both land and water. In the 2000s, the retrofitted vehicles became a popular tourist attraction in many cities across the country. However, over the years since duck boats started being used for recreational purposes, there have been a number of fatal accidents, including the tragic duck boat accident that occurred earlier this month in Missouri.

According to a local news report, the duck boat capsized when inclement weather quickly rolled in. Seventeen people aboard the boat lost their lives in the accident, including nine members from the same family. A few days after the accident, authorities were able to remove the boat from the lake where it sank to begin their investigation.

Duck boats, like other vehicles that are permitted to carry passengers for pay, are required to undergo annual inspection. However, even if a boat passes inspection, there are still imitations regarding when the boat can be used on the water. For example, when winds reach a certain speed or waves a certain height, operators are supposed to cancel outings. A Florida boating accident attorney can help answer any questions you may have if you have sustained injuries in a boat accident.

This tragic accident is not the first involving duck boats, which have generated much controversy in the past. In fact, back in 2010, two passengers were killed when a duck boat stalled in the Delaware River before being run over by a large barge. It was later discovered that the operator was on his personal cell phone in the moments before the collision.

Boat Accidents in Florida

Florida has a vast coast line and thousands of lakes, and thus a robust boat tourism business. Whether it be air boat tours, parasailing adventures, or deep-sea fishing trips, those who operate in this industry must take the proper precautions to ensure that their customers and passengers are safe while out on the water.

When an accident does occur due to the negligence of a tour operator, anyone injured as a result may be able to pursue a claim of compensation through a Florida personal injury lawsuit. Florida boat accident cases vary widely on the laws involved, and are very fact-specific. Thus, anyone who has been injured in a Florida boat accident should consult with a dedicated Florida personal injury attorney to discuss their case and what options they have, moving forward.

Have You Been Injured in a Florida Boat Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Florida boat accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Cecere Santana have extensive experience representing injury victims and their families in all types of Florida boat accidents, including those occurring on tours and excursions. To learn more, call 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.

See Additional Blog Posts:

Hardware Store’s Motion for Summary Judgment Denied in Recent Florida Premises Liability Case, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, July 6, 2018.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving in Florida, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published July 20, 2018.

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