Many injuries from boat accidents are through no fault of the victim and often could have been prevented. Boating accident injuries can range from minor to the most serious, and even death. Injuries often occur as a result of collisions, capsized vessels, and falling overboard. Victims of boat accidents may be faced with medical expenses, long-term pain, loss of income, and other damages. If you or someone you know is a victim of a boating accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your past losses and future damages.
Specific laws apply to boat accidents and it is crucial to have an experienced boat accident attorney fight for you. The Arizona boat accident attorneys at The Ramos Law Firm can help! Contact us or complete this form for a free case evaluation.
National Boating Accident Statistics
Statistics below gathered from a 2017 recreational boating report from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Common contributing factors of boating accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Alcohol use
- Excessive speed
- Navigation rules violation
- Sharp turning
- Improper loading or overloading
- Machinery failure
- Force of wave/wake
- Hazardous waters
- And more
National total – 4,291 recreational boating accidents in 2017. Of those, 2,629 were injuries and 658 involved deaths.
Property damage – Recreational boating accidents resulted in approximately $46 million dollars of property damage nationally
Total national boating accidents – 11 percent involved alcohol
Alcohol is the leading cause of fatal boating accidents, standing at 19 percent
National fatalities – When instruction was known, 81 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction
Arizona fatalities – The state is one of 10 with a fatality rate above 10, standing at 10.6 per 100,000 vessels
Non-fatal accidents – The Coast Guard is not as confident in the reporting, due to them being severely under-reported (because boaters are either unaware of reporting requirements or they are unwilling to report)
The national report stated that boating casualties include deaths and injuries. The types of boats with the most casualties and the number of casualties for each are:
- Open motorboat: 1672
- Personal watercraft: 670
- Cabin motorboat: 256
- Canoe/kayak: 245
- Pontoon: 166
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