Leading causes of boating accidents
Ignorance of Local Boating Laws
Each state has a series of boating regulations that have been implemented in order to keep people who are on the water as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many people who get behind the wheel of a watercraft are simply unfamiliar with many of these regulations. This lack of knowledge leads to mistakes that lead to injuries and fatalities on the water. Our boating accident lawyers will tell you that ignorance is no defense for someone who has caused a serious accident.
Boating while under the influence of alcohol is no different than driving a vehicle on public roads after drinking. Both acts are wholly illegal. Despite efforts to bring awareness to the problem, too many people still make the decision to operate a boat while under the influence. The fact is alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time and this is never a good combination when operating any type of vehicle, including watercraft. Should an accident occur, anyone who has been boating under the influence will likely face criminal charges. Likewise, that person could also face substantial civil liability from anyone onboard or nearby who may have been injured as a result of the boating accident.
Just as we drive at safe speeds on the roadway, it is critical to operate a boat at a safe speed. Some people are tempted to speed when they get behind the wheel of a boat or watercraft, and moving at a rate of speed that’s too high for the conditions is not only negligent, but it can lead to grave danger for the boater, their passengers and anyone else in the area. Excessive speed reduces the operator’s ability to react to dangers and may result in collisions with other vessels or objects.