Many people are killed or injured in boating accidents annually. Here, we discuss how many people in Washington and the U.S. are involved in these accidents.

How Many People Are Killed and Injured in Recreational Boating Accidents in Washington State and the U.S.?

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boat injury and fatality statisticsWhile boating can be a fun recreational activity when the weather turns warmer, it can also be dangerous. Many adults and young children suffer injuries or die in boating accidents each year. The Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission and the United States Coast Guard keep records of injuries and deaths. Here, we examine what the statistics say about the consequences of boating accidents.

How Many People Are Hurt or Killed in Boating Accidents in the State of Washington?

According to Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission records, there were 137 recreational boating accidents in 2015 that caused 56 injuries and 29 fatalities. Some characteristics of these accidents include:

  • 34 accidents occurred on a lake
  • 31 accidents happened on a river
  • 67 people did not have any boater education
  • 64 people injured or hurt were not wearing life jackets
  • Age range of accident victims was between 25 and 69 years old
  • 15 of the accidents causing fatalities involved motorized boats and 14 involved non-motorized boats

What Are the U.S. Statistics on Injuries and Deaths in Boating Accidents?

The U.S. Coast Guard also compiled data on injuries and deaths in recreational boating accidents in 2015. According to the U.S. Coast Guard report, there were 4,158 boating accidents that caused 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries nationwide. Other information collected by the Coast Guard about these accidents includes the following:

  • Where the cause of death was known, 76 percent of victims died due to drowning, and 85 percent of them were not wearing life jackets.
  • There were 158 struck-by-propeller accidents that resulted in 27 deaths and 150 injuries.
  • Eight out of ten drowning victims were in boats less than 21 feet in length.
  • The five top contributing causes of these accidents were operator inattentiveness, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and speeding.
  • Alcohol use was the leading known contributing factor in 17 percent of fatal accidents and the top leading factor in fatalities in general.
  • Twenty-two children under the age of 13 years old died in boating accidents.

No matter how careful you are when out on the water, another negligent boat operator could cause you or a family member to be seriously injured in a boating accident. The experienced legal team at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC is here to help. Call our office or fill out our online form to schedule a free confidential consultation.

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