In 2013, the United States Coast Guard counted 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. The fatality rate was 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 13% decrease from last year’s fatality rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Compared to 2012, the number of accidents decreased 10%, the number of deaths decreased 14%, and the number of injuries decreased 12.7%. Where cause of death was known, seventy-seven (77) percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, eighty-four (84) percent were not wearing a life jacket. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 16% of deaths.
According to the United States Coast Guard, the top ten factors that contribute to boating accidents include:
* Careless/Reckless Operation
* Operator Inattention
* Excessive Speed
* Operator Inexperience
* Passenger/Skier Behavior
* Alcohol Use
* Hazardous Waters
* No Proper Lookout
* Machinery System Failure
Boating accidents occur largely because people underestimate the dangers of boats or jet skis, as compared to cars. Boating accidents occur because of negligence and can result in serious and deadly accident injuries.
A Statute of Limitations restricts the time you can file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, contact us for a consultation as soon as possible.
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