Boating Accident Statistics
Most everyone likes to have fun out on the open water or venture the sea in search of wildlife, sights, or somewhere to fish. As harmless as all of this may seem, it is important to recognize the realty that that boating accidents are not uncommon and can quickly turn a good time into a disaster. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2016 alone, there were 4,463 boating accidents reported—from which 701 deaths and 2,903 injuries occurred. These numbers might seem staggering, and, while the boating accident lawyers at Lemberg Law advise safe practices in any sort of activity, it is important to know that only 5.9 deaths occur per 100,000 watercraft vessels. That is to say 0.0059% of all watercraft vessels are involved in fatality-yielding accidents each year. This statistic may seem less worrisome, but it still stands that more than half of all boating accidents result in some sort of injury. When that happens, do you know what to do?
Injured? Why You Should Consider Hiring Boating Accident Lawyer
Here at Lemberg Law, we are prepared to assist you during your hardship, to put our knowledge to use and treat you and your family with the utmost respect and sympathy. In the unfortunate event of an accident, we want you to feel comforted in knowing your situation is not to be overlooked.
Boating accidents are not restricted to only include personally owned boats, but can involve ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers, fishing boats, and barges. This is something to consider when deciding whether to pursue legal action. Because of the wide scope of possible watercraft involved in this type of accident, several vessels that may not immediately come to mind may be considered under this category. If you are unsure about the classification of the involved vessel, please give our offices a call for a case evaluation.
What Are the Most Common Types of Boating Accidents?
Accidents are not confined to collisions between two vessels. While this scenario is statistically proven to account for a majority of all boating accidents, there are several other possibilities while out on the water. These may include:
- Sinking or capsizing
- Contact with other vessels, both moving or non moving
- Accidental contact with the shore or other land mass
- Fires or other explosions
- Falling off the boat
- Weather-related injuries
What are the most Common Causes for Boating Accidents?
The classification of the vessel type involved as well as the nature of the accident are both vital when proceeding with legal action against the responsible parties. Additionally, the underlying cause becomes necessary knowledge when it is deemed that a sustained personal injury happened as a result of negligence or misuse by another liable party.
Alcohol abuse, as seen with automobile accidents, is linked to a large percentage of accidents involving watercraft vessels. An estimated 15% of boating accidents reported were listed as alcohol being the leading factor; though this number does not take into consideration the unreported exclusions not disclosed by operators.
When disclosed, it was calculated that 77% of accidents in 2016 were caused by an operator who had not received proper training. While it cannot be known whether the accident could have been avoided with the right knowledge and preparedness, it is startling to see so high a percentage of causation for boating accidents. Inexperience, such as failure to receive proper training, is accompanied by inattentiveness, excessive speed, and inobservance of surroundings for leading factors.
Upon reporting and collecting data for known causes of death in boating accidents for the year of 2016, drowning accounted for 80%. Of this 80%, 83% of victims were not wearing life vests at the time of the accident and subsequently, their death. It is the responsibility of the owner or organization in contract to operate the watercraft to provide floatation devices for all passengers.
What Types of Compensation Can You Claim with the Right Lawyer if Injured in a Boating Accident?
The causes and situations may vary, but your rights as a victim of a boating accident do not; you may be entitled to one or more of the following:
- Medical bills
- Home healthcare
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Decreased enjoyment of everyday life
A broken bone or other serious impairment could mean weeks out of the office. You have bills to pay, groceries to put on the table, and other daily costs that cannot be ignored. Why should you be responsible for the payment of your medical bills if you are not responsible for your current condition? You have been through adversity and now it is time to remedy the situation by collecting what is rightfully due to you. Don’t anguish at the thought of not being able to pay back your bills. Your injury is pain enough.
Boating accident cases are no simple matter. It is likely that in the case of an injury or death, there are already time-consuming, emotionally tasking matters you must deal with as a victim. The boating accident lawyers at Lemberg Law has the resources and knowledge to handle your case with precision, ensuring that you receive the money—and sense of serenity—you deserve. Let us assist you during this difficult time and see the difference we can make.
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