Being out on the water is one of the advantages of living here in Florida. Enjoying a day on a boat is a common pastime for many residents and visitors to the state, and some tend to forget that it comes with certain dangers as well. A boating accident can have the same devastating effects as an accident that takes place on land.
For instance, authorities were called to the scene of a recent boating accident that took place on the Intracoastal. Preliminary reports indicate that the boat rammed into a navigational marker. While the majority of the passengers on board and the driver of the boat survived, a 28-year-old woman was not so lucky. Two other passengers required medical attention for unknown injuries and were transported to an area hospital.
The 29-year-old man who was driving the boat suffered only minor injuries. Florida Fish and Wildlife is conducting the investigation into the crash, which took place in the northern part of Miami-Dade County. At last report, it was not known whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. Authorities reported that the decision regarding any potential criminal charges in connection with the crash will not be made until the completion of the investigation.
The injured victims and the family of the deceased woman may use any findings from the official investigation as evidence of negligence or recklessness in personal injury or wrongful death claims, as applicable, filed in connection with this boating accident. They do not need to wait for those findings in order to file their claims, however. Even so, the evidence gathered by authorities could prove invaluable in these types of claims, especially if prosecutors secure a conviction on any criminal charges filed.