Individuals who choose to take boats out on the water have a responsibility to operate them in a safe and responsible manner. Boats are powerful pieces of machinery that require a watchful and cautious operator who understands the risks and takes reasonable measures to avoid them. Sadly, some people do not realize the danger that an inattentive or reckless operator can cause. Those who do not obey the law, observe boating traffic guidelines, or use common sense could cause a serious boating accident.
In 2009 alone, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported 4,730 boating accidents that led to 3358 injuries and 736 deaths. The annual Boating Statistics Report compiled by the USCG shows that many accidents are caused by careless or reckless acts that could be avoided. The 5 most common causes of boating accidents are:
While other extraneous factors such as weather and the choppiness of the water can occasionally lead to an accident, the vast majority of accidents are caused because of driver behavior.
If you or a loved one is injured in a boating accident, call 911 immediately for help. Drowning is a major risk following an accident so it is crucial to seek help as soon as possible. Make sure that everyone is accounted for after the accident to minimize the risk of drowning. If the operator responsible for the accident attempts to leave the scene, be sure to take note of the boat make, model, and registration number if possible.
As soon as your injuries have been treated, contact a boating accident attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent boat operator to pursue compensation for your boating accident injuries.
Our Wausau personal injury lawyers are here for you if you or someone you love has been hurt in a boating accident caused by another’s negligence. Contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn how we can help you pursue your case.