Boating Accidents: Top Causes

Boating Accidents: Top Causes

June 5, 2017 | Personal Injury

Recreational boating accidents cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of death every year. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that in the year 2016, there were 4,463 recreational boating accidents counted that resulted in 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries, and about $49 million in property damage. Consider these top causes of boating accidents, and what to do if you are injured in a boating crash.


Top Causes of Boating Accidents

 According to the report cited above, alcohol use is the leading factor in fatal boat accidents, and in 2016, was involved in 15 percent of recreational boating deaths.

In addition to alcohol use, some other common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Operator inexperience;
  • Improper lookout;
  • Struck by propeller;
  • Excessive speed; and
  • Machinery failure.

All of the causes of boating accidents listed imply that such accidents could be avoided if more care was exercised.


What to Do if You Are Involved in a Boating Accident

 If you are involved in a boating accident where you suffer injuries, or if you are the surviving loved one of someone who is killed in a boating crash, it is important that you understand your legal options. When negligence was to blame for the accident, you can seek damages for the full extent of your losses, including compensation for pain and suffering.

At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our experienced boating accident attorneys work in states across the nation, and can help you to understand your options for filing a claim and seeking recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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