Sadly, a young girl was killed and eight people were injured on June 28 in a Maryland speedboat accident.
According to WBAL-TV, the accident occurred during the Thunder on the Narrows boat race, off Kent Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the incident. A racing association official said that the vessel involved in the crash was a 23-foot-long Grand National hydroplane boat. It is estimated that the speedboat was traveling at 125 mph when it hit spectators, who were lined up in boats along the course.
Officials said the speedboat’s operator lost control of the vessel when the incident occurred. “There were about five vessels that were involved in the incident and there were some injuries,” Coast Guard Cmdr. Mike Keane said, according to WBAL.
The 7-year-old girl who died may have been floating on a raft near the event when the speedboat began traveling out of control. According to investigators, it is the first collision involving spectators in the 25-year-history of the event.
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Speedboat accidents often have devastating consequences when they involve spectators. This is why organizations handling procedures have a duty to make sure everyone viewing an event is safe. If an organization or business fails to protect onlookers, it can be held liable for a death or injury accident. Additionally, the owner and operator of the speedboat causing the collision may be liable under the law.
You should be aware that high speed is a factor in many recreational boating accidents, in addition to speedboat accidents. Speeding incidents often cause serious injuries or deaths that dramatically affect the lives of victims and their families. If you have been harmed by an operator’s negligence, speak to our maritime attorneys about your legal rights.
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