The Boat Accident Occurred on the Intercoastal Waterway Near Broad Causeway Bridge In Miami.
According to multiple reports, two people were transported to Aventura Hospital in critical condition after the 32’ vessel they were on collided with a channel marker in May. The accident occurred on Miami’s Intercoastal Waterway near the Broad Causeway Bridge at around 11:00 PM on Friday, May 21, 2021.
Two Hospitalized After Miami Boat Collision
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, two of the four people aboard a 32-foot vessel were seriously injured when the boat collided with a wooden channel marker near the Broad Causeway Bridge off Miami’s coast.
The individuals were transported to a nearby hospital. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the boat accident, but the cause of the collision is unknown. The crash resulted in serious injuries and substantial damage to the boat.
Spike in Florida Boat Accidents
A recently released report by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that boating accidents increased nearly 16% in 2020. Reportable accidents for the year were 836 compared to 723 in 2019. Boating accident injuries and fatalities also increased in 2020.
The 2020 Florida Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates that:
- There were 79 fatal boating accidents compared to 65 the previous year.
- The average number of annual boat crash fatalities is 65.
- 2020 had the highest number of boating fatalities in Florida since 2011.
- There were 534 boating accident injuries reported in the state.
While recreational boating is a favorite activity for South Florida residents and tourists alike, it can be extremely dangerous. Florida leads the nation in recreational boating accidents, resulting in hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. At Mase Mebane Seitz, our trial lawyers represent individuals who have been seriously hurt in boating accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Miami boating accident, contact our office for a free case evaluation.
Boat Accident Causes
While the cause of this boating accident remains under investigation, many collisions are caused by operator negligence or inattention.
Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Boating under the influence of alcohol
- Boating while impaired
- Reckless operation of a vessel
- Improper lookout
- Lack of adequate safety equipment, such as lighting and rescue devices
- Operator inexperience
- Poor or insufficient maintenance
Whether you rented a boat from a tourist company or were a passenger on another person’s motorboat, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Injured in a Boating Accident? Contact Mase Mebane Seitz Today
If you, a friend or loved one were injured in a Miami boating accident, contact Mase Mebane Seitz for a free case evaluation. Our trial lawyers have extensive experience in maritime and admiralty law and, depending on the circumstances of your case, may be able to help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call our office at (844) 627-3529 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your case with a member of our legal team. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services.