Settlement Reached in Lawsuits Over 2009 Florida Fatal Boating Accident

Settlement Reached in Lawsuits Over 2009 Florida Fatal Boating AccidentLawsuits filed over a fatal boat accident that occurred on Easter Sunday in 2009 were recently settled.

On that day, a Crownline 225BR crashed into a tugboat, killing five people and injuring nine others who were on-board the craft, according to the Florida Times-Union.

The lawsuits filed in the wake of the incident claimed that the design of the boat was inherently unsafe. The listed capacity of the Crownline 225BR is reportedly 12 people and this requires that five people need to sit in front of the boat’s windscreen, in the bow. One of the boat accident attorneys who filed one of the suits told the news source that such an arrangement is considered unsafe by federal and state maritime officials because it can obstruct the driver’s view.

The settlement, the details of which remain confidential, was reached through mediation, according to the news provider.

News4Jax reports that the tugboat into which the 22-foot boat crashed was tied up to a dock under construction at the time of the incident.

In 2009, there were 736 deaths related to recreational boating, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.