According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property occurred in 2013 from the direct result of recreational boating accidents.
It is no surprise that the leading cause of these boat accidents were alcohol related. Operating under the influence (OUI) has similar penalties as drinking and driving a motor vehicle. Many boat operators believe that it is acceptable to drink while boating without realizing the high risk for causing a major accident.
Arizona ranks fifth when it comes to the number of boating accidents on the water and seventh for total number of injuries. Considering these statistics, boaters have a responsibility to do their part when it comes to practicing safe boating.
Boating accidents have a wide range of causes, some of which are unavoidable (true accidents). Knowing the following top 10 causes of boat accidents along with remembering important water safety tips your odds as a boat operator to ever fall into the accident statistics will greatly be reduced.
Top 10 Boating Accident Causes
List is in order of boating accident causes from highest to lowest. The second number shows the order for causes of fatal accidents.
Operating a boat safely requires education and practice. Even though some accidents are unavoidable, having the knowledge that goes along with being a responsible boat owner will greatly decrease the chances for a disaster. In the case an accident occurs that you are not at fault contacting a boat accident attorney may be a good idea.