Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Boating is an enjoyed recreation amongst millions of people worldwide. However, boating accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 there were 106 boating accidents, and 19 boating fatalities in Louisiana.

Boating accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including:

Excessive Speed

Failing to operate the boat at a safe speed reduces the reaction time of drivers—making it easier to collide with hazards in the water. Driving too fast can also lead to collisions with other boats, or it can cause boats to roll over.

Distracted Operator

Although boat rides are meant to be fun, operators are expected to stay alert to the weather conditions, the boat’s conditions, and hazards on the water. Unpredictable winds or weather can increase operating risks. Research shows that operator distraction is the leading cause of boating accidents.

Alcohol Use

Conducting a boat under the influence of alcohol can result in serious injuries and fatalities. An operator that is found to have a BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered intoxicated under Louisiana law. Conducting a boat under the influence makes drivers impaired, and they are unable to deal with the hazards on the road.

Machinery Failure

It is the boat owner’s responsibility to ensure that the boat is in good condition by doing routine maintenance. Failing to maintain a boat properly can result in steering mechanisms and motor problems.

Lack of Safety Equipment

Another common cause of boat accidents is lack of equipment. According to the Coast Guard, 76 percent of boating deaths are caused by drowning. Boats that aren’t stocked with the necessary safety equipment, such as lifejackets, can result in fatalities. Lifejackets lower boating fatalities by 66 percent.

Contact a Louisiana Boat Accident Attorney: (504) 608-3211

Boating accidents can easily be preventable if boat operators keep the boat well maintained with sufficient safety equipment for their passengers. If you have been injured in a boat accident because of someone else’s negligent behavior, you have the right to seek compensation. Our New Orleans boat accident attorneys have helped hundreds of injured victims recover the monetary compensation to secure their future—our attorneys can help you too! Contact us today for a free case review at (504) 608-3211.