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Fatal boating accident kills recent college graduate in Florida

On Behalf of | May 24, 2017 | Wrongful Death |

Florida residents and visitors frequently take full advantage of the warm weather, ample bodies of water and areas that allow boating and other water-based activities. It is a significant part of the allure of the state and attracts a great many people to take part. However, it cannot be ignored that there are inherent dangers with being on a boat. There could be a number of reasons for this, but one thing is certain: those who are injured or lose a loved one in a fatal boating accident need to understand who to seek compensation through a wrongful death legal filing.

A 22-year-old woman who had recently graduated from the University of Miami was killed in a boat accident while riding an airboat with her family. The accident occurred when she and four other people were riding on the airboat. Her mother, father, sister and the operator of the boat were the other passengers.

As the boat was running, it encountered another airboat that had broken down. As the operator tried to avoid it, the boat departed the established trail. It went back onto the trail and suddenly stopped, throwing the people from the boat. Subsequently, the woman who died was pinned under the engine cage. She was taken to the hospital where she died. The woman’s sister, age 20, was also injured. The parents and the boat operator were not hurt. The Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash.

When there is a fatal accident, it is essential that the case be fully investigated to determine how and why it happened from the perspective of the family that suffered the loss of a loved one. While law enforcement and regulatory agencies will be dedicated to finding out its cause, there can be other aspects that can be key to a legal filing. In this case, a woman who was just starting out in her adult life after graduating from college was killed. Her family should make sure to discuss a legal case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, “New details emerge about airboat crash that killed UM graduate,” Lisa J. Huriash, Mike Clary, May 16, 2017