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Child killed in youth boating accident in Sarasota Bay

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While boating is a common leisure activity in Sarasota and along the Florida waterways, it can be risky. This is especially true when children are taking part. It is even more dangerous when the children are pre-teen and are starting the learning process of safe boating. When there is an accident, it can cause serious personal injury and death. Given the extensive challenges that can arise after a boat accident, it is important that there be a full investigation and those who were affected have experienced legal representation.

Child, 10, dies in boat accident

An unfortunate chain of events led to the death of a 10-year-old who was learning how to sail. According to the investigation, the operator of the 20-foot boat was assisting another operator who was in control of an 8-foot boat. He lost his balance and the boat went into gear. He was subsequently thrown. Since there was no one operating the boat, it crashed into other boats that were taking part in the practice session. Two juveniles were injured in the accident. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. A third was seriously hurt and died. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating the accident.

Understanding the steps to take after a fatal accident

Any accident can cause myriad problems for those who were hurt and their loved ones, but when it is a fatal accident and the victim is a child, the challenges are exacerbated. When there are injuries, there are likely to be medical expenses and concerns about the future. If there is a fatality, the emotional and personal impact can be difficult to get beyond. When it was a child who died, there can be the loss of future contributions, funeral costs and the pain and suffering that accompanies such an unexpected and traumatic occurrence. These are all factors when thinking about a legal claim.

Having legal assistance may be imperative for a wrongful death claim

Since the child who lost his life was being taught to sail, the boat operator and the company in charge may be responsible for what happened. This can be a fundamental aspect of a legal case. The state authorities like FWC will investigate the accident and determine its cause. That, however, will not be done with the interests of the victim and his family at the forefront. To be fully protected and understand their options, it is wise for the family to have legal assistance. A firm that understands personal injury and wrongful deaths cases may be able to help with pursuing compensation.


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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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