On September 27, 2023, three men were ejected from a boat in Biscayne Bay while conducting a test-drive of the water craft, leaving one of the men fatally injured and another in critical condition. While the cause of the accident is still being investigated, initial reports indicate that the engine of the boat failed during a critical point of a maneuver, causing the boat to suffer a total loss of steering and “hook,” ejecting the men into the water.
According to friends and family of the deceased, he was driving the boat as a test-drive with the current owner of the boat on board. The deceased is survived by his wife and two young children.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. The container ship CHIAPAS STAR developed a list and partially capsized on September 11, 2023. A crew member went overboard from the products tanker ship GHIBLI off the coast of Galveston on September 13, 2023. There was a deadly boating accident on Fort Loudon Lake in Tennessee on September 26, 2023. A crew member on the tanker ship MTM DUBLIN went overboard early on September 26, 2023.
A recreational boating accident can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices, waves caused by other vessels, or a lack of equipment. An incident can often be a result of a combination of the above factors. Ultimately though, many of these incidents are preventable. Over 5,000 boating accidents occur each year, resulting in over 700 deaths. However, most of these accidents are preventable if boaters take the proper precautions.
Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country including those involving capsized vessels.
The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of a maritime disaster. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.