Boating accidents are not particularly common, but they can be devastating to the families affected. These accidents are most prevalent in the summer months, when families and individuals in Missouri are likely to beat the heat by getting on the water. When boat accidents happen, one or more operators may have been at fault. Gathering the facts is a key aspect of ensuring proper compensation for the injuries your family has suffered, and it’s always our priority as personal injury attorneys.
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What causes boating accidents?
Some of the most common factors causing or contributing to boating accidents include:
- Operators who lack experience
- Operating the boat too fast
- Collisions with other boats, swimmers, or stationary items
- Inattentive operation of boats
- Overcrowded or overloaded boats
- Missing navigation lights
- Ignoring proper courtesy and regulations
- Boating in bad weather
- Failure to observe proper safety precautions, including keeping proper safety equipment onboard
- Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol
According to 2009 data from the United States Coast Guard, alcohol played a contributing role in 308 boating accidents nationwide, leading to 330 injuries and 120 deaths.
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