The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has released information about a deadly boat crash in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. According to the report, Dalton Shirley, 24, was killed when he was ejected from an open motorboat and hit a concrete dock.
Liz Barraco, FWC Spokeswoman, stated that shortly before 8 p.m. two boats carrying a total of 10 passengers were traveling side-by-side and “going at a high rate of speed” when one crashed into a dock. The boat that crashed was carrying four people, including Shirley. The impact of the crash sent Shirley overboard. Also injured in the crash were Justina Coronez, who suffered internal injuries and a shattered arm bone, and Austin Lail, who has recently been released from the hospital.
Investigators are looking into whether alcohol and speed played a role in the boat crash. Barraco concluded, “Someone lost his life, and a lot his friends were there to see it…It was very sad.”
Liability in Boating Accidents
Boating is a popular pastime in Florida and can be fun and exciting. However, when the rules are not followed, accidents can happen. If you are injured while on a boat, you may be wondering who is liable and how you can exercise your legal rights.
When someone is injured on a boat the victim must be able to show that the injuries resulted from another person’s negligence. If you are able to show that someone else was negligent, you may be able to recover monetary damages from the liable party. Keep in mind that negligence is the “failure to act with reasonable care.” This means that you must prove that someone failed to act with reasonable care, resulting in you being hurt.
The majority of boating accidents are caused by:
- One boat hitting another boat
- One boat hitting another boat’s wake
- One boat hitting a wave
- One boat hitting a submerged object
In many of these incidents, the driver of the boat may be responsible. If the boat’s driver failed to ensure the safety of all passengers by providing life vests, following the law by not drinking and driving or speeding, or acting in a reasonable manner, that individual may be held liable.
Damages Available in a Boating Injury Lawsuit
Just like with vehicle accident lawsuits, if a boater acts negligently and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Your damages could include your medical bills, lost earnings, lost earning capacity and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a boating accident call the team at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami for immediate assistance.