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Fatal Accident at Courtney Campbell Causeway Boat Ramp

On May 4th, a boating accident occurred at 5:45 pm at the Courtney Campbell Causeway Boat Ramp, leaving one person dead and another person hospitalized. The incident took place on the Tampa side of the causeway. At 8 pm, the ramp was closed for launching but remained open for boaters to exit the water.

A boating accident may happen through no fault of your own. If you have suffered an injury in a boating accident, our Tampa boating accident lawyers are here to recover the compensation you deserve.

Common Reasons for Boating Accidents

A boating accident may take place due to any of the following reasons:

An Inexperienced Boating Operator

Many boating operators do not receive proper training, resulting in these operators not knowing how to safely navigate or maintain a proper lookout at sea. The results of an inexperienced boating operator often have tragic consequences.

A Distracted Boating Operator

Distracted boating happens frequently. Whether it is a boating operator checking their phone, tending to a mechanical issue, or taking in the view, distracted boating is dangerous. There is no knowing exactly how many lives are lost each year to a boating operator’s inattention.

An Intoxicated Boating Operator

It has been proven that a boat driver under the influence will lack coordination, judgment, and the ability to make sound decisions. An intoxicated boating operator is ten times more likely to get into a boating accident than a sober driver.

Defective Equipment

A boating operator must check a boat or vessel’s motor, the engine pistons and valves, and the propeller before setting sail. A boating operator should not embark on a journey until the watercraft vessel is in pristine condition.

Inclement Weather

The marine weather forecast will notify you about conditions at sea. It is important to check the forecast before you depart and consistently during your trip. If you are on a small vessel, keep in mind that wind gusts of 39 miles per hour or more can easily capsize your boat.

Negligent Parties in a Boating Accident

If you have suffered an injury in a boating accident through no fault of your own, the following parties may be held accountable for your injuries:

Speak with our Tampa Boating Accident Lawyers Today

An accident at sea is often terrifying, requiring that you think quickly under pressure. If you have been involved in a boating accident in or near Tampa, our legal team wants to hear from you. To learn more, contact us by calling (813) 669-5471 or by completing our online contact form.