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Fort Myers man killed in boating accident

A 40-year-old Fort Myers man has died after being ejected from a boat that hit a sand bar. After his ejection, the boat then hit and killed the man. The boat was a 19-foot vessel with three other people aboard. None of the other passengers were injured, and the accident is still under investigation. It has not yet been determined whether alcohol was involved.

In Lee County, Florida alone this accident has become the ninth fatal boating accident of 2017.

In cases such as this one where a fatality occurs there is always the possibility of a wrongful death claim by the family of the deceased. If it is determined that alcohol or any other inhibiting substance was a contributing factor to the death, the family may then consider filing such a claim and recovering substantial compensation for the loss of a loved one. A boat owner is liable and responsible for the safety of his or her passengers while on the vessel, both docked and out on the water.

Boating accidents are quite common in the state of Florida. Upon losing a loved one to such an accident, a family should immediately consult with an attorney familiar with wrongful death claims if there is any concern as to the cause of the accident. Not only can he or she offer much needed guidance during such a stressful time, but can also be instrumental in preserving evidence to prove fault. Any family dealing with such a traumatic event deserves knowledgeable representation that will fight for the maximum compensation due.

Source:, "Fort Myers man ejected, killed in boating accident," Nester Montoya, Dec. 19, 2017

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