Many of us have heard of accidents involving drunk driving, but drunk boating accidents are much less common. Even though waterways are typically more expansive and contain less traffic, an intoxicated boater can still cause a fatal accident. A woman is facing charges after killing a passenger on her boat while in a Florida canal.
The 50-year-old woman faces numerous criminal charges, including boating while under the influence, homicide, tampering with evidence and failing to render aid to a victim. The woman didn’t call for help until 30 minutes after the crash, which occurred on Dec. 20, when the woman hit a bridge piling in Dania Cutoff Canal.
A South Florida man was a passenger on the boat. He died from personal injury in the fatal boating accident. The investigation shows that the woman was drunk at the time of the crash. The boat contained open beer containers.
The victim’s family is looking to seek justice for their loved one’s death. This means they might be considering filing a wrongful death suit against the woman for her negligence. The unexpected loss of a loved one can be both emotionally and financially devastating for a family. Not only are there emotions involved, such as grief and anger, but there are funeral expenses and possibly medical expenses to deal with as well. In addition, if the man was working and supporting a family, the family can sue for lost wages.
Compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit won’t bring back the deceased person. However, it can make a family financially whole again and allow them to move on.
Source: CBS Miami, “Woman Accused Of Boating Drunk In Fatal Crash Faces Charges” Carey Codd, Feb. 24, 2014