Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Boating Accidents | 0 comments

A boating trip is a great way to have fun and bonding experience with family and friends. However, the fun and excitement of the trip can be taken away when someone gets injured or dies. Figures from the US Coast Guard revealed that there were 4,158 accidents which caused 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and costing $42 million property damage. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., most boating accidents is preventable with greater caution. In this article, we will take a look at the most common causes of boat accidents:

1. Collision

Collision between two boats accounted for 1,237 accidents resulting to 60 deaths and 856 injuries in 2008.

2. Catching Fire

Although boats come with spark-protected mechanical systems and double-clamped fuel lines, they can still catch fire. Smoking in the boat, gas leaking, or drunk passengers can cause the boat to catch fire. So make sure that the boat has fire extinguishers on board.

3. Careless or reckless operation

Putting the boat in the hands of someone who is irresponsible can be a recipe for disaster. Irresponsible handling accounted for 492 accidents, 32 deaths and 390 injuries.

4. Sinking

One of the probable causes of sinking is a hole in the boat. When it does, water may enter in or out through the hull and could hit electrical current. This could result to leaks and the boat slowly sinking. So make sure that the bilge is working perfectly and properly.

5. Passenger recklessness

Sometimes fun and excitement can get the better part of a passenger which can lead to injuries or even death. They have the tendency to jump while the boat is running at top speed or they tend to overload. If you are a passenger, you should remain seated. If you are the driver of the boat, keep everything in order.

Riding boats is fun but you should also be responsible. This is the best way you can prevent accidents from happening while you are in the middle of the sea.

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