Boating accidents are among the most dangerous type of personal injury accidents possible. There are times in which they occur due to unforeseen circumstances, but the vast majority of the time, accidents on personal water crafts are the result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing. Incidents that stem from someone’s wrongdoing include those involving speeding, failure to abide by proper maritime law, pilot inexperience, and operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs all contribute to accidents at sea. Then there are boating accidents that result from negligence, including pilots who disregard news of unfavorable weather conditions or who fail to keep up maintenance on their vessels.
Whatever the cause of the incident, it is important for victims and their surviving loved ones to know that they are entitled to seek legal help whenever a tragedy strikes at sea. Our boating accident attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have been defending the rights of victims since 1971 and work diligently to secure a favorable outcome to all our clients.
Because accidents involving personal water crafts, including sail boats, motor boats and jet skis can result in serous – if not fatal – injuries, victims or their surviving loved ones may be eligible to receive money damages, medical care coverage and property damage reimbursement for the incident. Our attorneys strive to protect the rights of all boating accident victims, especially when their injuries are the result of someone’s wrongdoing.
But even following thorough investigations of the cause of a boating accident, sometimes, authorities are not able to figure out what exactly led to the incident. In Miami, personal watercraft accidents are extremely common due to our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and general maritime appeal. This weekend, tragedy struck in the city once again.
According to authorities, a woman was killed after the boat she was riding in crashed into a concrete piling. Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, says the woman’s husband was operating the vessel when it ran into a piling underneath the MacArthur Causeway bridge late Saturday night. It is unclear right now whether the pilot of the vessel was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, whether he lacked experience manning the helm or if the incident was due to any other negligent cause.
What we do know is that the boat was reportedly going slow at the time of the crash. Police explain the woman’s body became lodged between the boat and the piling. She was rushed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The victim’s estate may be able to obtain damages for her death. It is always wise to consult with a boating accident lawyer following any maritime incident, whether serious injuries occurred or not, to determine if victims have a viable case. Our attorneys are always available to offer our expertise to victims and loved ones in hopes of obtaining justice for all boating accident victims.
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