Leading Causes of Recreational Boating Accidents Resulting in Victims’ Injuries and Deaths
Recreational boating can be dangerous and result in victims of accidents suffering injuries or, even more tragically, dying. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2,613 people were injured and 626 people died in boating accidents in 2015. If you were injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent boat owner for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Recreational Boat Accidents: The Top Causes
Many boating accidents are preventable and the result of boat operator negligence. Here are some of the major reasons these accidents happen:
Operator inattention. Just like drivers of motor vehicles, boat operators must be attentive to driving the boat at all times to monitor the weather, unsafe conditions, and objects in the water.
Speed. When boat operators speed, they cannot control their boats or respond to hazardous conditions quickly, with a collision with another boat or object the likely result.
Operator fatigue. Hours in the hot sun, vibration of the boat, and other weather conditions can cause an operator to become fatigued, which could impair his boat driving abilities in a similar fashion as if he was intoxicated.
Mechanical failure. It is essential that a boat be maintained properly and repairs be made before a boat is taken out. If a mechanical failure occurs, occupants of the boat can be injured in an accident.
Inexperience. Operator inexperience is one of the major causes of boat accidents. Operators must know more than the basics of driving a boat. Understanding what to do in an emergency is crucial, but many operators drive their boats without this crucial information.
Alcohol use. It is never safe to drive a boat when intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. As with driving a motor vehicle when drunk or high, it can result in operators causing passengers to suffer serious injuries or death.
Navigational rules violations. There are navigational rules of the road that boat operators must follow to ensure safe boating. When they violate the rules, an accident is the likely consequence.
Weather. While operators cannot control the weather, they must stay aware of weather conditions when on the water to avoid danger or be prepared for it whenever possible.
If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident caused by an operator’s negligence, the experienced legal team at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC, is here to help you hold him responsible for compensating you. To get your questions answered and learn about the next steps you should take, call our office to schedule a free consultation.