Some Florida cruise ship accidents might involve alcohol or drugs

A mother lamented the emotional pain she has experienced in the tragic and untimely loss of her son, who was killed in a 2014 boating accident. Cruise ship accidents, as well as injuries or deaths resulting from private boating incidents, sometimes result in investigations that might determine alcohol and/or drugs as factors. The woman who recently spoke to reporters about the death of her son has filed a civil lawsuit against the man she deems responsible for the fatal accident.

The man named as a defendant in the recent case works as a radio disc jockey in southern Florida. In 2014, a 23-year-old man was killed after reportedly being struck by the propellers of the radio celebrity’s boat. The vessel had apparently become immobilized by a sandbar, and the young man had tried to push the boat in order to dislodge it from the sand.

Recent investigative reports state that residue of cocaine has allegedly been discovered on various items that were on the boat at the time of the fatal accident. The disc jockey and boat owner was cited after the accident for reckless driving that led to another person’s death. A criminal investigation remains ongoing in the case.

Florida cruise ship accidents and/or injuries or illnesses that occur on privately owned boats can become subject to civil lawsuits when passengers seek liability against those deemed at-fault. In cases where alcohol or drugs are determined to have been factors in an accident, criminal charges might also be filed apart from any civil claims that might be pending in a case. In cases where a boating accident victim does not survive an accident, his or her immediate family members may file a legal claim on behalf of the decedent’s estate.

Source: wsvn.com, “Report: Drugs, alcohol found in fatal boat accident involving DJ”, July 22, 2015