Most boat accident injuries and boat accident fatalities involve the water vessel capsizing and throwing the boat's occupants overboard. How does a capsizing incident take place, and what are the common reasons that a boat capsizes? Learn the most common causes of boat capsizing accidents.

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Common Causes of Capsizing Boats | Preventing Boat Capsizing | Washington State Boat Accident Lawyer

According to the United States Coast Guard, the number one cause of boat accident injuries is capsized boats. Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die in boating accidents and many of those fatalities occur when a boat overturns and those aboard suffer head injuries or drown. How do boat capsizing events occur, and what can you do to prevent your boat from capsizing in the water?

The majority of boat capsizing incidents are caused by operational mistakes. In some cases, a boat’s operator could turn the boat too quickly, use the sail inappropriately, or use the anchor in appropriately. The fishing boat accident that killed two NFL players, Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, took place when the boat’s operator attempted to pull up a stuck anchor by throttling the engine.

Speed is another common reason for boats to capsize – another completely avoidable cause for a boat flipping related to the vessel’s operator or captain. Other boat capsizing incidents take place because of rough seas or inclement weather. In still other cases, a boat can capsize when the boat suffers other damage.

The best way to prevent a capsizing incident is to have someone with experience and common sense operating the boat. It is also wise not to go out into rough water or bad weather and to have your boat serviced and repaired regularly. After a boat capsizes, it can be difficult or impossible to right it – and it could take days or hours for your boat to be found by help. Capsizing incidents also often lead to boat accident injuries and fatalities. For these two reasons, it is imperative to know the causes of capsizing.