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Fort Lauderdale Air Boat Accident Injures 2 Deputies and a Family of 6

Two Palm Beach deputies are injured after a Ride-the-Wind tour boat collided with the Deputy’s air boat, according to The Palm Beach Post. The crash happen at approximately 1:30 p.m. in shallow, well-traveled water in the Broward County Everglades.

Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers know the dangers faced by visitors and residents alike. Whether on a private boat, a rented boat or as part of a tourist excursion, the waters off the Fort Lauderdale coast are some of the busiest in the nation.

Florida the boating capital of the nation, and therefore not surprising, also logs the most boating accidents. Inexperienced boaters pose a threat to all those traveling the coast. Drunk boating, poorly maintained boats and boater inexperience also increase the risk of a serious Florida boating accident.

After the air boat crash in the Everglades, the tour boat sank and the dozen people involved rode back to the entry of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on board the sheriff’s office craft. The boat’s starboard side was reportedly damaged, according to 7News.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 5,000 accidents, more than 70 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries, were reported in 2009. Recreational boating accidents also cost $36 million in property damage. It has also been noted that the leading cause for fatal boating accidents was the use of alcohol, contributing to roughly 16 percent of boating deaths.

The Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyers at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC have been successfully and aggressively representing accident victims and their families in Miami, Margate, West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Ft. Pierce /Port St. Lucie for years. Email us or call us today to schedule a no-obligation appointment to discuss your case at 1-800-529-2368.

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