Boating is a beloved recreational activity that many people enjoy, especially during the summertime. When people are negligent, however, this fun pastime could result in terrible, potentially deadly accidents.
What is the cause of most boating accidents?
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the most common causes of boating accidents are:
- Careless or reckless operation
- Operator inattention
- Driving without a proper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Navigational rules violations
- Excessive speed
- Machinery failure
- Alcohol use
- Onboard slip and fall accidents
- Hazardous waters
Most boating accidents could have been avoided if the boat’s operator exercised proper caution and care while on the water.
Regardless of the cause, an experienced personal injury attorney can work to investigate the particular circumstances of your case and determine who should be liable for your injuries. With proper legal representation, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages and reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and various other post-accident expenses.