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Coral Springs Boat Accident Lawyer on Accident that Injured Palm Beach County Teen

June 21, 2011
By Ryan Hutson, Esq. on June 21, 2011 12:51 PM | | Comments (0)

A boating accident earlier this year, which caused a teenage girl from Palm Beach County to lose a leg, has resulted in the arrest of two teenage boys. 14-year-old Gabby DeSouza's right leg was struck by the propeller of the boat operated by the two boys, who fled the scene of the accident. Criminal charges have since been brought against the boys in connection to the accident.

According the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Palm Beach County ranked 3rd out of 10 Florida counties with the most boating injuries in 2010. Last year there were 18 accidents with injuries and 6 deadly accidents in Palm Beach County. Miami-Dade County was 2nd, with 28 accidents with injuries and 3 fatal accidents. Broward County was 6th, with 6 accidents resulting in injuries and 3 deadly accidents.

There were a total of 389 injuries resulting from boating accidents in 2010 in Florida. Injuries ranged from lacerations and broken bones, which were the most common incidents, to neck injuries and amputations.

Florida boating regulations restrict any person under the age of 14 from operating a personal watercraft. In order to operate a boat in Florida, a person is required to pass a written safety test online or by attending a classroom course, which must be authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Boat operators must have their Boating Safety Education ID card and picture ID while boating.

The U.S. Coast Guard offers valuable safety information on its website, including boating regulations as well as information on boating safety courses and carbon monoxide dangers.

If you or a family member has been involved in a boating accident, contact an attorney with experience in admiralty and maritime law. Call us today for a free consultation at 954-255-7000 or toll-free at 1-877-853-7466. Our multi-lingual staff can help people in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Ryan Hutson, Esq. is a Coral Springs boat accident lawyer at Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. Our attorneys represent people all around South Florida, including the cities of Margate, Tamarac, Parkland, Davie, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale.

The firm's founder, Dan Irving Cytryn, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases, including admiralty and maritime law, in Coral Springs for 30 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on Avvo, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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