Serious Boating Accidents

Heading out for a day on the boat can be a very enjoyable time. It is a way to escape the daily grind and to enjoy life. Unfortunately, the fun can turn into a nightmare if you are involved in a serious boating accident. Hundreds of boaters are injured every year in crashes caused by an operator’s negligence or inattentiveness.

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What are the leading causes of boat accidents?

Boating accident injuries can include deep lacerations, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries, and amputations. Boats can collide with one another, or an inattentive boat operator may crash into someone who is swimming, water skiing, or participating in other water activities.

The leading cause of boating accidents include the following:

  • Alcohol use – Just like drinking and driving, alcohol use and operating a boat do not mix. They were the deadliest kind of boating accident and led to the fifth highest number of accidents on the water.
  • Excessive speed – The operator should make sure that the boat is traveling at a safe speed to allow the passengers, the operator, and others to properly react to any dangers.
  • Operator inexperience –The person operating the boat should understand the boating basics, including navigational rules, admiralty law, and how to deal with an emergency.
  • Operator inattention – There are many distractions when you are out in the water on your boat. But you should remain alert, paying close attention to the weather, the boat, passengers, and others out on the water.
  • Improper lookout – Another contributing factor to boating crashes is the operator failing to maintain a proper lookout. You should watch for any hazards or threats that you may need to miss. Not keeping proper lookout can lead to a catastrophe.
  • Machinery malfunction or breakdown – The boat owner is responsible for regularly inspecting and maintaining the boat. If the steering mechanism, motor, or the hull fails, it can lead to a serious accident.

2016 US Coastguard Statistics

Number of Boat Accidents

Boat Related Injuries

Boat Related Deaths

Boat Accidents Involving Boat Propellers

People Struck by a Boat Propeller

%

of the Victims Were Boat Passengers

%

of Boat Victims Could Not Swim

“Not the waves, not the storms, but often we ourselves sink our ships!”

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If you have been involved in a serious boating accident in Nebraska, you need a serious boating accident lawyer. Call Nebraska Legal Justice at 402-392-1500 for a case evaluation.

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