Last month one Florida teen was killed and five others were injured when their small boat ran into a bridge on the Middle River near Ft. Lauderdale. The accident happened around midnight and it was immediately obvious that darkness was the likely cause. The teens were all experienced boaters who were very familiar with the area, but "it was just dark, you know" said one of their friends. "It's tough." Sadly, this tragedy probably would never have happened if the teens had not been on the water at night.
Clearly, the best advice for boaters is to always wait until dawn to go out on the water and to try to return to shore before it gets too dark to see. We all know that is not always possible, so if you will be out on the water before dawn or at night, please be extra cautious and observe the following safety tips:
Heintz & Becker is posting this information to remind everyone of the extra degree of caution required when boating in nighttime or pre-dawn conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident caused by someone else, the experienced accident attorneys at Heintz & Becker are available to consult with you about your case and rights to seek financial compensation. We urge you to contact us for a free analysis of your claim.
Source(s): The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida teen killed in boat crash: How to lessen risks of late-night boating", posted August 13, 2015