Fort Myers boating accident could involve mechanical defect

Three men remain hospitalized this week after a serious Fort Myers boating accident over the weekend, The News-Press reported.

While speed was reportedly a factor in the accident, a Fort Myers boating accident attorney should be called to investigate whether a mechanical defect or other problem contributed to the crash. The circumstances of this case suggest the boaters knew they were in trouble and did everything possible to avoid slamming into a seawall on Saturday night.

Accidents involving boats or watercraft in South Florida can be caused for a variety of reasons. But, when contributing causes such as a mechanical defect, unclear operating instructions or a poorly maintained rental boat or watercraft are responsible, victims may be entitled to compensation from the boat owner, insurance company or manufacturer.

A Cape Coral homeowner raced to the scene of the accident and found the 37-foot boat on land with all three 250-horsepower engines running. His wife called 911 as he climbed into the boat, which had flipped, and attempted to help the victims.

All three men remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical to fair condition. The Investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission may take several months. The witness said the boat appeared to be going full speed with the throttles wide open when it slammed into the seawall. The News-Press reported that the boaters appeared to be attempting to turn away from the collision at the time of the accident.

Florida led the nation in boating accidents with a total of 616 in 2008. Fifty-five people were killed and 271 injured, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

May, June and July account for the majority of serious and fatal Florida boating accidents.