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What are some common causes of boating accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Personal Injury

Time on the water can be a pure pleasure. Your goal as a captain may be leisure fishing or enjoying warm weather, yet peril is still possible.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boating accidents are on the rise. You cannot control the behavior of other seafaring individuals. Thus, you are at risk every time your vessel leaves the dock.

Common explanations for boating accidents

One reason boat crashes are ubiquitous may be that there are many triggers. Consider a few factors that are out of your control.

Boaters with less experience are more likely to cause a collision. Those new to boating are prone to panic in emergencies. Driving too fast to escape poor weather conditions places everyone in danger.

Some view the privacy of being away from land as an opportunity to party and do drugs. Like with cars, boat operators must be sober or risk wrecking.

Maintenance is another factor. Some find the allure of owning a boat to be irresistible but dealing with the upkeep unappealing. Neglected boats could have engine troubles that prevent them from stopping.

Common injuries from boating accidents

Like with other vehicle disasters, boat accidents impart great harm. Those involved in incidents can suffer whiplash, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries. These problems may even be worse depending on the size of the offending craft. Naturally, drowning is a possibility. Electrical burns are another. Persons hit by a reckless boater should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.

A defensive attitude is always essential to protect against unsafe mariners. Stay aware of the menace that exists every time you set sail.