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Florida has one of the highest boating accident rates in the country, with the most recent data from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reporting 737 reportable accidents in 2015, resulting in 55 deaths and 438 injuries. These incidents resulted in $13.5 million in property damage alone – to say nothing of the pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and loss of consortium that victims incurred.

Because most boating accidents occur due to operator negligence or mechanical failures, victims can often stake a successful claim for recovery of damages. An experienced injury lawyer can help you navigate your options.

Sadly, we saw this tragic scenario play out yet again in a recent airboat crash in the Florida Everglades – just one day after the victim graduated from the University of Miami. According to The Sun Sentinel, vicitm was on the airboat with her parents and sister when the horrific accident occurred.

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A Florida boating accident on Lake Maitland resulted in three serious injuries – including the daughter of state Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs). boating

According to WFTV-9, two others are in critical condition while Simmons’ 18-year-old surfer/ model daughter suffered a broken femur. The boat belonged to Simmons, who was not on the boat and said it was taken without his permission. The group was celebrating the teen’s boyfriend’s birthday, according to witnesses.

Arrested with causing serious injury while boating under the influence was 45-year-old Krystyna Vitiello, Simmons’ ex-sister-in-law. Per F.S. 327.35, a person is guilty of boating under the influence if he or she operates a vessel while either under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. If the person commits BUI with serious bodily injury against another, it’s a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.  Continue reading