Most boating accidents occur when the weather conditions are improper, or due to a distracted and reckless operation of the boat, alcohol or drugs consumption, equipment failure, inadequate passenger behavior, or operator inexperience. Boating accidents that happen under these circumstances can have serious consequences such as severe injuries, boat damages, and even death.
According to the US Coast Guard, a boating accident involves one or more of the following events: a person aboard a boat dies or is severely injured, a person while on board disappears and death is suspected and a vessel causes or sustains damages. Boating accidents most often involve powerboats and cabin cruisers. The main factors of boating accidents include:
These causes can occur alone, but most often 2 or more causes contribute to a devastating event. A vessel operator or the passengers are more likely to be distracted or act in a reckless manner if they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. An inexperienced operator is more likely to commit a mistake when facing unfamiliar or unpredictable circumstances while equipment failure is more likely to occur in harsh weather conditions. Bad weather conditions are one of the greatest risks boat operators face, as accidents that occur in these circumstances often lead to the loss of the vessel and to serious, if not fatal injuries.
The most common injuries the above-mentioned causes may lead to including head, neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, drowning, and hypothermia. Passengers or both operators involved in a boating accident might be able to recover financial compensation in case they can prove the accident occurred because of someone else's fault.