Causes of Boating Accidents

 

Boaters who choose to consume a substantial amount of alcohol can cause serious injury and even death to others on the lake or ocean.  If a watercraft operator is impaired or otherwise reckless, the danger they pose to others on the water is significant.  Many different acts of negligence can result in a boat accident.  Some of the most common boating accident causes include:

 

  • Operator inexperience
  • Operator recklessness
  • Passenger behavior
  • Weather
  • Equipment failure
  • Failure to yield
  • Hazardous waters
  • Excessive speed
  • Alcohol/Drug use

Boating Accidents

I love to fish, so being on boat is one of my favorite things to do.  Boating is meant to be an exciting recreational sport for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors.  Because boating is such a relaxing way to spend a day, most folks don’t expect to be in danger or suffer injuries.  The truth is that when boating accidents occur, the results are typically very serious, or even fatal.  In my experience, there also seems to be a “party atmosphere” around recreational boating that causes some folks to ignore common sense safety rules that expose everyone around them to accidents caused by alcohol, inexperience or simple bad decisions.      

Boating Accidents

I love to fish, so being on boat is one of my favorite things to do.  Boating is meant to be an exciting recreational sport for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors.  Because boating is such a relaxing way to spend a day, most folks don’t expect to be in danger or suffer injuries.  The truth is that when boating accidents occur, the results are typically very serious, or even fatal.  In my experience, there also seems to be a “party atmosphere” around recreational boating that causes some folks to ignore common sense safety rules that expose everyone around them to accidents caused by alcohol, inexperience or simple bad decisions.      

Causes of Boating Accidents

 

Boaters who choose to consume a substantial amount of alcohol can cause serious injury and even death to others on the lake or ocean.  If a watercraft operator is impaired or otherwise reckless, the danger they pose to others on the water is significant.  Many different acts of negligence can result in a boat accident.  Some of the most common boating accident causes include:

 

  • Operator inexperience
  • Operator recklessness
  • Passenger behavior
  • Weather
  • Equipment failure
  • Failure to yield
  • Hazardous waters
  • Excessive speed
  • Alcohol/Drug use

Boating Accident Injuries

When boating accidents occur, the results are typically very serious or fatal.  In my experience, brain and spinal injuries are the most common.  I’ve also seen extensive burns and amputation injuries.  Boat accidents also present the likelihood that a person may be knocked unconscious and under the water for an extended amount of time that can lead to further brain trauma and damage.  Even the best swimmers are subject to drowning when a boating accident occurs.

Although boating accidents are much less common than a roadway accident, the same liability insurance rules typically apply, and allow a source for those who have been injured through the reckless boating actions of another to be compensated for their injuries.  

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