April 26th, 2013 - by DKRPA
Two boats recently collided off of the Florida coast. Though investigation will need to be conducted to determine which, if any, operator of the boat was most at fault for the accident, the individual that appears to have been most seriously injured was one of the boat’s passengers.
It was reported that one boat was traveling southeast at around 30 miles per hour around a blind corner while the other was heading northeast through a cut-in between two islands. However, neither operator was aware of the presence of the other boat until the first boat made a turn into the cut.
Though the operators avoided a crashing head-on, it appears that a collision was inevitable. A passenger in the second boat was thrown into the water following the accident, and this individual was found floating in the water when rescuers came to the scene.
The operator of the second boat was taken to a hospital with head injuries. The passenger was airlifted to a hospital with a broken pelvis and head injuries, and he is now listed in critical condition.
The passenger likely will have some sort of legal claim against one or both boat operators. But the trick for his attorney will be to prove up precisely how the accident occurred so that responsibility for the damages can be apportioned correctly.
Though boating accidents are handled in many respects like other types of motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents often have their own set of laws and rules – often dependent upon where the accident occurred. And trying such a case may require attorneys familiar with both personal injury and maritime law.
Source: Boca Beacon, “Two boats collide in Bull Bay: FWC investigation into injury accident is still pending,” by Marcy Shortuse, April 19, 2013
Our Boca Raton lawyers are experienced in trying many sorts of cases involving personal injury accidents including boating crashes.