What Causes Boat Accidents?
Recreational boating is an excellent pastime for people who live near the water. Heading out on boats and jet skis is a great way to spend the day. Even though boating is a fun and relaxing hobby, it can pose some serious hazards and even death if done unsafely.
Our Las Vegas boat accident attorney team explains what you need to know to be prepared and have a safe day out on the water.
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What Are Common Causes of Boating Accidents?
While there are regulations and rules in place to protect the safety of passengers and boat operators, they cannot prevent all accidents from happening. According to the US Coast Guard1, the most common causes of boating accidents include:
What Are the Causes of Most Fatalities in Boating Accidents?
According to the US Coast Guard¹, most boating accidents that resulted in fatalities had these causes:
- Falling overboard – Falling overboard is the most common cause of boating fatalities. It is most common among anglers.
- Capsizing – A boat that overturns or capsizes because of a strong wave or a collision is also common in fatalities on water vessels.
- Collision – A collision with a fixed object or another moving vessel is another common cause of fatalities in boating accidents
- Departed vessel – When a passenger gets off the boat as in diving or jumping into the water, this is referred to as a “departed vessel”. A sudden change in direction could be fatal for people in the water around the boat.
- Flooding – Flooding is when a boat is filled with water. This can put the operator and passengers at risk of sinking.
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Boating Safety FAQs
There is nothing more fun than a boating adventure with family or friends. But, make sure you are prepared with essential safety gear. Here are some crucial things to consider before going out on the water.
Boating Accidents in Nevada
Nevada and Arizona have some beautiful warm weather locations for boating, including Lake Mead near Hoover Dam. A boating accident is never on anyone’s mind when they head out for a day of fun. Being prepared and aware of what essentials to include will help you avoid preventable injuries.
If you or a family member have been injured in a boating accident and are unsure what to do, contact our Las Vegas boating accident lawyers for a free consultation about your case. You might be entitled to compensation. Our team will review the details of the accident, navigate insurance companies, and make sure accident victims receive adequate compensation for their losses. Call us today to see how we can help.
1United States Coast Guard. (12 August 2021). Accident Statistics. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
2NRS 488.400. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
3Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Rules & Regulations. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
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