Articles Posted in Boating Accidents

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The community of Miami woke on Sunday, September 25, 2016, to tragic news: beloved Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, was killed, along with two others, in a boating crash earlier that morning.  This incident is a terrible tragedy.  While the investigation is still pending and the final results will not be known for some time, the initial report indicated that alcohol or drugs were not involved in the crash. The experienced Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have represented numerous personal injury clients.

As Miami-based personal injury attorneys, we see facts similar to these frequently. While fun and exhilarating, boating is still an inherently dangerous activity.  Many people each year suffer fatal or substantial injuries from boating accidents.  Numerous boating accidents are caused by excessive alcohol intake or ingestion of drugs, while negligence causes others, inattention, carelessness, or inexperience. Boaters must also contend with rapidly changing weather, changing tides, and winds as well as other boaters. Low visibility, especially boating at night, substantially increases the dangers inherent in boating. Continue reading →

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A teen died and five others were injured when 13 foot boat crashed into a bridge in Wilton Manors.  The boating accident occurred around midnight when a boat holding six teens slammed into a bridge.  Witnesses report that the teens were traveling at a high rate of speed and likely could not stop in time.  Authorities arrived at the scene of the accident to uncover the boat wedged under the low lying bridge that also had several drains going across it.  One of the teens was killed in the accident, while five were injured.  All accident victims are under the age of 18.

Witnesses have stated that there are no lights around the area of the bridge at night and it is likely the teens never saw it coming.  The high school senior that perished in the accident was well known for his love of fishing and boating.  At least one of the injured teens will face a long road to recovery as he fractured his spine, along with other injuries.  Two others were listed as in critical condition. Continue reading →

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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

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In August, a man took his friend, his daughter, and several other boys on a boating trip in the Florida Keys. When one of the young boys started to struggle while swimming off of the boat, Brian Kowalski did not hesitate to jump into the water to save the child from the rip currents that were pulling him away from the boat. He was able to save the child but lost his life in the effort.

Drowning deaths can happen in a variety of circumstances, but they are nearly always preventable. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a drowning accident, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers and Wrongful Death Lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable for the harm that they caused.

A day spent swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the weather in the Florida Keys ended in tragedy when a little boy lost his grip on a trailing rope and a man lost his life saving him. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Mr. Kowalski was able to swim with the child back to the boat, but was not able to get himself back on board. Tragic accidents like these can be prevented if basic precautions are taken.
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According to the Miami Herald, Hip Hop singer Sean Kingston suffered a jet ski accident late Sunday evening and was subsequently taken to the Ryder Tauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.

Hit Miami Beach Bridge

A spokesperson for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Officer Jorge Pino, stated that 21 year old Mr. Kingston, had a female passenger with him when he collided with a bridge.
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Three people were injured and taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a collision between a fishing boat and a speed boat last Friday in Miami Beach. No facts have yet been released because the accident is still under investigation.

All Sorts of Watercraft Accidents Common in Florida

Florida, with it’s almost year round warm climate and beautiful beaches, is a hot spot for many different kinds of water activities: boat and jet ski riding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, parasailing, etc. Unfortunately, very often these activities are carried out negligently and instead of fun, the result is injury, pain, suffering and even death. Referring to the frequency of these accidents, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Agency spokesman recently said: “We’re the boating capital of the world so we’re also the boating accident capital”…

And he’s right: one of the cases mentioned in the article involved a husband and wife (with kids as passengers), who crashed into each other while operating a pair of jet skis…As a result, the wife was airlifted with bone fractures and a major hand injury to a Miami hospital.
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Millions of boaters take to the waters each year in the United States. They fish, cruise, water ski and tube or wakeboard for fun.

Under the law, those at the helm of these watercrafts are responsible for the safety of the people on board their vessel, as well as the safety of people in other boats or even swimmers and divers. In other words, the captain of a boat is responsible not only for his boat’s seaworthiness, but for operating it with everyone’s safety in mind.

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When pleasure boat captains make mistakes that end up injuring someone else, they are held responsible under the law. Often, if those injured are close friends or relatives of the captain, the victims may hesitate to file suit for their injuries against him or her due to their close relationship. However, as medical costs, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity hit home, they may regret their decision not to pursue a claim…As they suffer for the loss of their capacity to enjoy life due to pain and suffering, disfigurement and/or the loss of their ability to engage in the daily activities they used to enjoy, their attitude towards the whole situation may start to change….
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