In May 2009, one man was killed while four others sustained injuries after two boats collided in the Manasquan River in New Jersey.

According to Coast Guard officials, a 25-foot Boston Whaler that was carrying two people and a 15-foot skiff that was carrying around five people were involved in the maritime accident.

Kyle Tanis, 24, from Mahwah, and three other passengers of the skiff were thrown off the boat. Tannis died despite of the emergency crews' efforts to save him.

Reports said two of the skiff's passengers were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. They were listed under a critical condition.

Meanwhile, the skiff operator and another passenger received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

According to reports, the two passengers of the Boston Whaler were unharmed in the collision.

Filing a Wrongful Death Case after a Fatal Maritime Accident

Wrongful death cases involve the death of an individual, which resulted from another's negligence. In the case of a boat accident, the operator may be held liable for the death of his passenger if it was proven that he was speeding or under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.

The deceased's surviving family members can win a wrongful death lawsuit if they will be able to establish the following elements:

  • The defendant caused the victim's death.
  • The defendant performed a negligent action, which resulted in the victim's death.
  • The victim's death affected his immediate family members who depend on him when it comes to financial matters.
  • The victim's death caused financial problems to all of his dependents.

Tips on How to Prevent Maritime Accidents

Boat, skiff, or ship operators should keep their passengers safe against all kinds of dangers. They can avoid facing a wrongful death lawsuit if they will do the following:

  • Know the weather conditions before sailing. If there is heavy rain, avoid sailing because you will likely encounter lightning, heavy winds, and rough seas.
  • Make sure that your vessel is in a good working condition.
  • Study and understand navigation rules.
  • Make sure that you are well rested before you operate the vessel.
  • Require your passengers to wear a life jacket that was approved by the Coast Guard. It will keep them afloat if they jumped or were ejected from the vessel.