Earlier this month on the Middle River near Fort Lauderdale, one teen was killed and several others injured when the boat they were riding in crashed into a cement bridge. According to one local news report, the accident occurred late in the evening hours on a weeknight.
Evidently, the group of six teens set out around 10:30 on Wednesday evening to take the boat, named the Boston Whaler, out for a cruise. However, about an hour and a half into their journey, the boat collided with a low spot on a cement bridge. According to news reports, the teens were experienced boaters and did have permission from the boat’s owner to use the boat.
Investigators quickly responded to the scene to see if they could determine what caused the fatal boat accident. While no cause has yet been announced, it was dark outside at the time of the accident, and it seems likely that the operator of the vessel likely did not see the approaching bridge. Investigators also determined that at least two of the boat’s occupants were standing at the time of the collision, causing what they called a “pinball effect” inside the boat.
All six of the teens on board were injured. One 17-year-old high-school junior was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. Three others were admitted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Boating Accidents in Florida
With almost 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida has the second most coastal exposure of any state behind only Alaska. In addition to its vast coastline, Florida boasts an enormous number of lakes, streams, and swamps that boaters can enjoy nearly year-round. However, with all this water comes an increased risk of boating accidents.
Florida boating accidents, like motor vehicle accidents, are usually the result of at least one party’s negligent conduct. In the case above, it may be too early to tell who was at fault in the accident, but when the police investigation is complete, the victims’ families may have a better idea of who was responsible for the tragedies.
Potentially liable parties in a Florida boating accident may include the operator of the boat, the owner of the boat, or even a marina or local government under some circumstances. Before filing a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries, a Florida boat accident victim or their family should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for advice on how to proceed.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Boating Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Florida boating accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate your for your injuries or losses. The laws surrounding boating accidents can be complex, however, and a dedicated attorney is indispensable in assisting you through the process. To learn more about Florida boating accident cases, and to discuss your case with a dedicated and experienced Florida boat accident attorney, call 800-753-5529 today to set up a free consultation.
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