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Spring Break Safety Tips For Avoiding Boating Accidents in Miami

April 03, 2024
Boat Accident

New Miami Spring Break Restrictions

Miami is one of the most popular spring break destinations in the country. Pristine beaches and near-perfect weather have co-eds flocking to the area for a week of fun and relaxation. Water sports such as recreational boating and jet skiing are popular activities for college students who visit the area. Unfortunately, the increase in tourism can also cause serious problems, such as boating accidents, increased crime rates, and alcohol-related problems.

In order to reduce the issues that commonly arise during Spring Break, new rules are being enforced. Miami Beach has passed a number of ordinances that directly impact Spring breakers. From curfews and jaw-dropping parking rates to increased enforcement, the city is cracking down on beach partying and hoping to reduce the number of boating accidents this season. 

Recent Port Miami Boating Accident

On February 11, 2024, multiple people were injured when their tour boat collided with a private vessel in Miami, Florida. In total, 29 people were hurt in the boating accident. The tour boat, a high-speed vessel operated by Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures, was allegedly t-boned by the other vessel. However, further investigation is needed to determine what caused the accident and whether both parties may be partially liable for the crash. 

Over one dozen people were transported to local hospitals, including one person who had to be airlifted for medical care. A video obtained by 7News shows the moment when the collision occurred. The Thriller boat appears to be traveling at a high rate of speed with several passengers on board when another vessel strikes its side. It is unclear what caused the vessel to veer into the speeding boat. The United States Coast Guard is investigating the crash. 

When a boating accident is caused by another person’s negligence, they may be held liable for their wrongdoing. Boating accidents can result in serious, potentially life-threatening injuries, particularly when someone is ejected from the boat and is not wearing a life vest. After a collision on the water, it is essential to seek medical attention. Even a minor crash can result in serious harm.

Why Spring Breakers Are at Risk to be in a Boating Accident

Boating accidents are common in South Florida, including near Port Miami, where the recent collision took place. The vast majority of these accidents are preventable caused by human error. During Spring Break, people on the water are at an even higher risk of injury due to lowered inhibitions and an increase in alcohol use. 

Spring breakers may be at a higher risk for injury in a boating accident due to:

  • Increased drug and alcohol use
  • Failure to wear a life jacket
  • Untrained and unlicensed boat operators
  • Failure to understand weather patterns
  • Inexperience
  • Failure to appoint a lookout

In an effort to keep people safe during Spring Break, Miami Beach has implemented several new ordinances. The ordinances are designed to reduce the number of people out at night and lessen drinking at the beach and on boats. 

The new regulations also make it illegal to consume alcohol on the beach or in public. Other laws that will be enforced from Thursday to Sunday during the season include road closures, increased parking fees, a heightened police presence, and short-term rental restrictions. To prevent parties on the beach, Miami has disallowed large coolers, loud music, and alcohol consumption. 

Were You Injured In A Boating Accident? Contact Us Today!

Individuals who are involved in a boating accident may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a liable party. Alcohol and drug use during Spring Break often increases the number of people injured in boating accidents throughout South Florida. While new Miami Spring Break restrictions are designed to reduce the types of incidents, they will not eliminate them altogether.

If you were injured in a boating crash, you need to speak to a maritime accident attorney as soon as possible. At Mase Seitz Briggs, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured in a Miami boating accident. Our lawyers will be here throughout Spring Break 2024 to help people who have been hurt by another person’s wrongdoing. 
Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. There are never any fees unless we win. Get the legal counsel you need today.

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