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Fatal Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident

Speeding and Inattention Causes Deadly Florida Boat Crash

As summer begins, more people are setting off on the open water, taking in all the sunshine and relaxation on their boats they can get. If you’re lucky enough to live near a body of water, it’s without a doubt the best way to spend a summer day. Too often, however, the potential for danger while on the boat is taken for granted. It’s when people forget about the powerful and potentially deadly machine they’re on when danger strikes.

One young man lost his life in a recent such accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 24-year-old from Hollywood was thrown from a boat and into the water when the vessel collided with the dock. Sources say the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed, which was a definite factor in this young man’s death. Two others on board were injured in the accident.

When questioned about how the accident occurred, one of the young occupants reported the friends were splashing each other. This distraction likely led to the crash. Not looking where one is going is an incredibly common cause of boating accidents. Police are also investigating whether or not alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck. There was also some indication that two different people were driving the boat.

The next time you and your friends board your boat, remember the potential for accidents like this one. Light-hearted splashing and speed can quickly become a recipe for distraction and disaster. Just like in your car, always keep your eyes on the space in front of and around your boat, and keep watch for other vessels to prevent a collision.

Injured in an Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a boat accident, or any other type of maritime accident, you have legal rights. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be owed compensation for your injuries and suffering. Jones Act and maritime accident lawyer Richard Serpe has helped victims of maritime related injuries for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact us today.