Common Causes of Boating Accidents
When summer is in full swing, many people flock to lakes and oceans to experience the thrill and joy of riding boats. Unfortunately, tragic boating accidents occur every year.
According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Coast Guard, recreational boating contributed to 4,158 accidents, 626 fatalities, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million dollars of property damage. It is important to be aware of the common dangers that result in boating accidents to avoid serious and fatal injuries during the summer season.
The following are the most common reasons why boating accidents occur:
- Excessive speed – Since we are required to drive at safe speeds on roads and freeways, it is imperative to operate your boat at a safe speed in order to have enough time to appropriately react to dangers.
- Operator inattention – Boat operators are obligated to remain vigilant for unsafe conditions and inclement weather, as well as ensure that the boat is safe. Failure to remain aware of your boat and the surrounding area can result in an accident.
- Inexperienced operators – Considered the third common cause of boating accidents, inexperienced boaters are not prepared to handle emergency situations.
- Intoxicated boating – Since driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths, so does operating a boat while intoxicated.
- Hazardous waters – Water conditions can change in an instant, so boat operators need to be aware at all times for waves and wakes.
- Weather – It is important to check weather reports, storm forecasts, and wind patterns before taking a ride on a boat.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a boating accident caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another party in Missouri, our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at DiPasquale Moore can help you seek financial compensation. We can help you understand your legal rights and options.
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