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Written by attorney Scott Patrick Distasio | Aug 16, 2013

10-Year-Old Dies in Inner Tube Boating Accident

Two children and an adult were seriously injured after an accident involving a personal watercraft and an inner tube. A 31-year-old adult two children, ages nine and 10, were riding on an inner tube being towed by a watercraft at a local lake on a recent afternoon when the tragic accident happened. The watercraft made a right turn but the inner tube took longer in making the turn and crashed into a dock. The three inner tube occupants were thrown off. All three riders received critical injuries and were rushed to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, the 10-year-old’s injuries were too severe and he died at the medical facility later that night. The other child was listed as being in stable condition but the adult that had been riding with them was still critical. Investigators with the sheriff’s office reported that the incident appears to have been an accident and neither drugs nor alcohol are thought to be a factor. If you were hurt in a boating accident that was not your fault then get the help of a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options for obtaining compensation for your injuries.

Boating accidents can occur due to a number of reasons which could have been avoided had it not been for recklessness or negligence in some form. An inexperienced boat operator, intoxication, unsafe speeds, disregard of standard boating safety and other factors can lead to a serious injury accident or fatalities. Alcohol is the most common reason for boating-related collisions, drownings and injuries. When someone disregards boating laws or fails to ensure he or she is operating his watercraft in a manner that ensures the safety of other occupants and other boaters then that individual should be held legally liable for all medical costs, pain and losses suffered by accident victims.

Hurt in a boating accident?

Millions of people enjoy Florida’s many lakes, shores and other waterways every year and unfortunately, thousands are injured in boating accidents. Whether you were injured or lost a loved one in a fatal boating crash or watercraft incident, a personal injury attorney at our law offices may be able to help you with the legal aspects of your case. You may be facing a long and painful recovery, hospital bills, lost wages, continuing medical care costs and other expenses. We may be able to recover substantial compensation from the responsible party for all damages suffered. Contact us at the Distasio Law Firm as soon as possible to see how a lawyer with us may be able to help with your specific case.

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