Picking up from Boating Accident Facts and Statistics (Part 1), here we will continue presenting some interesting boating accident statistics, with the following stats being focused on the types and causes of watercraft accidents in the U.S. These statistics pertain to 2012, are focused on recreational watercraft and have been compiled and reported by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

  • The top five most common types of boating accidents that reportedly occurred in the U.S. in 2012 were (in order ofThe three of the top four causes of boating accidents in the U.S. in 2012 involved some type of operator negligence, according to the USCG.

    more to less common):

    • Accidents that involved collisions between recreational watercraft – These accounted for more than 22 percent of all boating accidents.
    • Watercraft flooding or swamping incidents – These made up more than 11 percent of all recreational watercraft incidents.
    • Accidents that involved collisions between watercraft and fixed objects (like, for instance, piers or docks) – These accounted for about 10.5 percent of all boating accidents.
    • Grounding accidents – These made up about 9.3 percent of all recreational watercraft incidents.
    • Skier accidents – These accounted for about 8.6 percent of all boating accidents.
  • The top 4 causes of or contributing factors to boating accidents were reported as follows (in order or more to less common):
    • Operator inattention, which played a role in nearly 13 percent of these accidents
    • Operator inexperience, which was a factor in more than 9 percent of these accidents
    • Equipment failure, which played a role in about 8 percent of these incidents
    • Speeding, which was a factor in nearly 7 percent of these accidents

Operator intoxication was also a major factor in many boating accidents, as this was reportedly responsible for causing more than 6.2 percent of all of these incidents (making it the 7th leading cause of boating accidents in the U.S. in 2012).

Tragically, these all-too-common boating accident causes point to preventable errors that involved the negligence of either the operator of the watercraft or the equipment manufacturer. In such cases, accident victims will typically be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.

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