How Often Do Boat Accidents Occur?

According to data published by the Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety, which is a division of the United States Coast Guard, approximately 4,064 recreational boating accidents occurred nationwide in 2014. These accidents resulted in 610 deaths and 2,678 injuries, costing about $39 million total in property damage. About 77% of these deaths occurred in situations where a boat operator had not received instruction in boating safety. Alcohol use was the leading factor in fatal boating accidents, resulting in 21% of all recreational boating fatalities in 2014.

The top five contributing causes for recreational boating accidents were:

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed
  • Alcohol use

If you or someone you love was involved in a boating or watercraft accident, call a Cleveland boat accident lawyer at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP today.