When you set out on the water, whether in a cruise ship or another kind of water vessel, you are immediately entering into the realm of maritime law. Often used synonymously with the term admiralty law, maritime law governs issues related to maritime commerce, sea navigation, civil marine torts and injuries. Suffice it to say, if you’re on the water, maritime law likely applies.
Since 1971, with over 100 years of combined experience in this field, our firm has seen a wide range of accidents and injuries occur on the water. While many people assume that a day in a personal boat or other small, water vessel is purely fun, we know that the potential for tragedy is always on the horizon. While this is in no way meant to deter individuals from enjoying their water sports, we feel it is important to add a realistic voice to the conversation.
A recent story out of Miami reminds us that disaster can strike even when you least expect it.
On Saturday, May 13th, an airboat crash in the Everglades killed one and injured two others. Alberto Maza, Captain of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, explained that all five passengers aboard the boat were ejected during the crash.
The sole fatality was 22-year-old Ellie Goldenberg. Ms. Goldenberg had just graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts. She was an active member of the UM community during her time there, serving as vice president of the school’s Theater Action Group. We send our deepest condolences to the Goldenberg family as they navigate this difficult time.
Currently, there are no further details regarding the crash. However, we do know that three other individuals involved were related to Ms. Goldenberg.
Can Boating Accidents Be Prevented?
In the wake of this tragedy, we cannot help but to wonder what could have led to this accident? Were there underlying conditions with the boat that caused it to spin out of control? Was the person driving the boat certified to do so? Were there distractions on board or in the water immediately before the crash? These are just a few of the questions that come to mind.
As we do not have any further details, we can only speculate. However, we will continue to watch this case as it unfolds.
With the summer approaching, boating will become an increasingly popular activity for individuals near the water. And if you choose to take part in this perennially beloved recreational option, we urge you to place your safety as the top priority. By doing your part to ensure that the vessel in which you’re traveling and the person at the wheel are equipped to handle the excursion, you’ll decrease the risk of accident and injury on the water.
That said, we understand that even the best made plans can be disrupted. Personal injury can occur even to the most prepared of individuals. And when that happens, you can rest assured that a maritime attorney on our team is here to help.
We have handled countless boating accident cases as well as a variety of other maritime personal injury issues. So if you are seeking legal advice from a team of seasoned maritime lawyers, then do not hesitate to contact us.