Investigators recently determined that crowded waters and reckless boating caused a March 2013 boat accident that killed a Pensacola man and injured his children and grandchild. Trying to maneuver around two vessels at 85 miles per hour, Gary Lowry’s boat was caught in the impact of the boats’ successive wakes and broke into three pieces. Lowry and his passengers, none of whom were wearing life jackets, were tossed into the water. Lowry drowned, but his passengers miraculously survived.
The causes of this boating accident were reported as congested waters, excessive speed and careless/reckless boat operation. These also happen to be among the top reasons for most boating accidents in the United States.
You can minimize your risk of boating accidents by taking the following steps:
Regardless of the type of watercourse you are on, obeying the boating rules keeps you safe and limits your legal liability.
Boat accident victims in the greater Tampa area may benefit from working with a Florida attorney highly skilled in dealing with negligent boaters and their insurers.