The latest in a series of South Florida boating accidents involves a well-known nightclub promoter and his severely injured girlfriend. A video clip has emerged depicting the small pleasure craft racing towards a seawall near Miami Beach. The speeding boat T-bones the concrete wall, as Coast Guard personnel race to the scene. The boat then slowly emerged and began to drift into Biscayne Bay.
The driver of the boat, a 42 year old man, had a history of drug and alcohol abuse but had reportedly turned his life around. The other passenger on the boat was his 23 year old girlfriend, a Princeton University graduate. She suffered severe head injuries and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She is currently in a medically induced coma. The driver is also in Jackson with broken ribs and a broken collarbone. The accident is currently under investigation. It has been suggested that the driver blacked out at the time of the accident.
Biscayne Bay Has Been Home to a Number of Boating Accidents in Recent Years
South Florida, and Biscayne Bay in particular, has become the sight of a number of serious boating accidents as of late. In May of last year, a large vessel operated by a popular radio personality struck a sand bar where a Voli Vodka party was taking place. One man was killed after being sucked into the propeller.
Two months later, on July 4th, a 32 foot powerboat transporting five people slammed into a 36 foot vessel carrying eight passengers. The damaged boat then rammed a third vessel, bringing the death count to four and with another three injured and in critical condition.
How a Miami Boat Accident Attorney Can Help
If you have been involved in a boating, jet ski, or other marine related accident, a boating attorney will prove invaluable. Your attorney will advise you as to the steps necessary to investigate, file, pursue, and litigate your claim against the at-fault party or parties responsible for your injuries. Your attorney will launch an investigation into the boating related accident in order to protect your legal rights and strengthen your claim. Investigations may include:
- Investigating the scene of the accident and photographs
- Researching the history of the vessel and any other similar accidents in the vicinity
- Reviewing all relevant laws
- Reviewing the boat operator’s credentials and driving history
- Reviewing medical records as to your injuries
- Consulting with expert witnesses and other witnesses who may have information as to the accident
Depending on the facts surrounding the accident, one or more parties may be responsible. Common at-fault parties include boat operators, owners, manufacturers, and rental or sales companies.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Assistance with Boating and Other Accidents
If you have been injured in a boating related accident, the Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are here to help. Our dedicated firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the party responsible for your injuries. For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted accident victims in personal injury, and wrongful death actions across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.