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Two Seriously Injured in Boating Accident

On Sunday, March 13th, 2016 multiple people were injured in a Key Biscayne boating accident near the Rickenbacker Causeway.

The boat was traveling at a high rate of speed in an area where you can go full throttle. According to reports, a 32-foot vessel took a sharp turn in shallow water and struck a sandbar off of Crandon Park Marina.

As the vessel came to an abrupt stop, one of the passengers was thrown overboard and sustained serious neck and back injuries.  Another rider was thrown into the boat’s centers console and suffered a broken arm. Both passengers were airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center.

A total of 13 passengers were on the vessel.

Most Boat Accidents Can Be Prevented

Our thoughts are with those injured in this accident, and we hope that everyone involved makes a speedy and full recovery.

It’s that time of year when many students are out for spring break, and others are just out to enjoy the beautiful weather. No matter, it is important to boat responsibly. A gorgeous day out on the water with your family and friends can turn into a nightmare at the hands of a drunk, inexperienced, or reckless boat operator. Keep your loved ones safe by designating a sober and experienced boat operator. Stay alert and watch out for other boaters enjoying the water, and signs for other inherent dangers.

Maritime Accident Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you or your loved one has been injured, you may want to speak with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. An experienced maritime lawyer can attempt to get the results, the settlement and the financial compensation you deserve for your long term care.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Serpe has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 30 years.


The lawsuits against TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Line continue to pile up in the wake of the disappearance of the El Faro shipping vessel. The El Faro became incapacitated and began taking on water near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin earlier this month. The ship lost communications and has not been seen or heard from since. Tragically, only wreckage and a single body have been recovered from the vessel. It is believed that all 33 crew members went down with the ship.

Suit Alleges Failure to Maintain, Sending Crew into Danger

The most recent lawsuit filed alleges that TOTE failed to properly maintain the El Faro and knowingly sent it into the path of the storm. The families believe the company negligently put profit ahead of their employees safety. Though the ship passed inspection earlier this year and met stability criteria when it set sail from Jacksonville, the fact remains that these crew members were sent into one of the worst storms on record. There were alternate paths around the storm that could have protected these men. Instead, they were sent through the worst of Hurricane Joaquin.

Seeking Justice

Our thoughts go out to the families of all of the crew members of the El Faro. It is always difficult to lose a loved one, but to have them taken so senselessly in such a preventable situation is heart-breaking. We can only hope that these families can get the justice they seek. No award money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, but the reality is that these crew members left behind families they supported. TOTE should do right by these families and make sure they are supported in the wake of this tragedy.

Maritime Accident Lawyer

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Serpe has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 29 years. If you’d like to speak with Richard Serpe about your situation, contact us today 877-544-5323.

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.

New statistics released by AAA reveal just how many boaters take to the water while uninsured. They found that only 2/3 of boaters in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are covered. Many people assume their home owners insurance policy will cover their boats, but this typically only applies to small watercraft with no engines. Last year, there were more than 4,000 boating accidents and 614 deaths. With numbers like that, it’s obvious why boating insurance is necessary.

This time of year, lakes, rivers and bays will be crowded with boats. Just like on crowded highways, crowded waterways can lead to collisions. And just like in your car, if you’re drinking while steering, you’re bound to run into some trouble. Drinking while boating is indeed illegal, and is the one of the leading causes for boating accidents. Other common factors in such accidents include inattention, improper lookout, inexperience and speed.

It’s tempting to brush off warnings of boating accidents when there is fun in the sun to be had. Boating lends itself to a carefree atmosphere where people might not pay as close attention to where they’re going, or to how fast they’re traveling. The reality is that boats are powerful machines capable of real damage. With powerful engines and heavy equipment on board, boats colliding can be just as dangerous as your average car crash. Like cars, they can’t be underestimated and should be properly covered by insurance for those worst case scenarios. The last thing you want is to discover you’re not insured when you’ve gotten into an accident.

Boat & Jet Ski Accident Lawyers

Personal injury attorney Richard Serpe has helped victims of personal injuries for over 29 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. If you’d like to discuss your legal rights, and the possible compensation you may be owed, contact Richard Serpe to setup a free consultation.

A new study has ranked Brevard County as one of the top ten most dangerous counties for boating in Florida. The study, conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ranked Miami Dade County at number one. Brevard County came in ninth. With 2 fatalities and 12 injuries, the county has actually improved slightly from the previous year. Brevard had one accident for every 1,751 boats on the water and $247,700 in damages.

Tragically, the leading cause of death in Florida boating accidents is drowning. There were 73 total fatalities associated with boating accidents last year statewide. Males were more likely to be involved in such accidents, with only 14 percent of victims being female. More than half of the boats involved in accidents were operated by boaters over the age of 51. Nearly one third of the boating fatalities were falls overboard. Unsurprisingly, 12 percent of accidents involved alcohol in some way. Not so surprising is the fact that the deadliest month was July. With more people out enjoying the summer weather, there’s a greater risk for accidents to occur.

Experts remind boaters that most boating accidents can be avoided if they wear life jackets, keep a proper lookout and maintain their vessel. Avoid alcohol consumption while on board, as steering a boat requires as much of a steady hand and fast reaction time as a car does. By maintaining safety standards as strictly as we do with our automobiles, we can ensure injury and fatality free boating experiences for our friends and families.

Injured in a Boating Accident? Know Your Legal Rights.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat, jet ski, or any other maritime related accident, you may want to speak with an experienced maritime attorney.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. If you’ve been injured in a commercial or recreational boating accident, contact Richard Serpe for a free consultation.

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