Three Florida Children Dead After Boat Accident

May 26, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on May 26, 2009 4:37 PM | | Comments (0)

In a tragic accident, three children died this weekend after a boating accident in which their vessel capsized on Lake George in Ocala, Florida.  According to reports, the boat overturned on Sunday evening after a thunderstorm created three to four foot waves that broke over the boat and flooded the 20-foot Sea Ray. 

According to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels with over one million. Unfortunately, Florida also leads the nation in number of boating accidents, injuries, and deaths.  According to the report, there were 657 boat accidents which resulted in 54 deaths in 2008.  The leading cause of death in boating accidents is drowning after falling overboard.  Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County all rank in the top five of Florida counties with the highest boat accident incident rates.

The FWC also reports that 72% of all boat operators involved in a boat accident in Florida have no formal boater education.  This fact, coupled with statistics that most boat accidents occur because of a collision with another vessel and operator inattention, means that far too many preventable deaths and injuries are occurring because of the negligence of other boaters.  To combat this problem, the FWC provides a number of online and on-site boater safety and operational education courses.



Our lawfirm handles boating accidents of all types. We just won an appeal concerning two waverunners that crashed, resulting in severe injuries. We made a claim against the homeowner's insurance policy for the $100,000 insurance coverage that the insurance company claimed was not available for this horrific crash of these two small water vessels.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal disagreed with the insurance company, and found that the insurance policy was too ambiguous for a the average person to understand that they would not be covered for an injury with this type of watercraft on a lake. We are pleased to have received this outstanding result for our client last week, and now we are pursuing the insurance company to pay our client's full damages.

If you or a family member has been injured in a boating accident, it is important to contact an attorney experienced in handling boat accident injury lawsuits.  An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to explain the various aspects of your lawsuit and protect your rights throughout the process.

Gabriel Mejia and Dan Irving  are Coral Springs personal injury attorneys handling accident and injury cases in Florida for all types of boating accidents, including cruise ship falls and injuries.

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