The new year is only three days old, and we already have a serious recreational boating accident in Florida that left two men and two boys with injuries. The accident occurred just before noon on New Year’s Day, when a speed boat crashed and capsized in Sarasota, Florida. It is believed that rough waters played a role in the accident. A small craft advisory was put in place in the afternoon on Monday, and it continued through Tuesday night.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and there will surely be more information on this case very soon. In the meantime, we do not know the injuries suffered by the four people involved in this crash, nor do we have a definitive reason as to why the crash occurred.

However, in many recreational boat accidents, the person operating the boat is often to blame. It is possible that in this particular case, the captain of the speed boat was operating the vessel at unsafe speeds or in a dangerous area. It is also just as possible that natural factors contributed to the crash, making it a true “accident.”

Whatever the case, boat accidents like this will always be fully investigated and the people involved should have their legal rights at the forefront of their mind. So much is at stake in the wake of a boating accident.

Source: Herald Tribune, “Two men, two boys injured in boating accident,” Carlos R. Munoz, Jan. 1, 2018