Leading Causes of Boating Accidents

While we encourage you to enjoy the Rhode Island and Massachusetts coastlines on your watercraft, please do so responsibly. These main causes of boating accidents can easily be avoided by taking the proper precautions and exercising sound judgment. If you are involved in a boating accident, please contact an experienced RI boating accident lawyer for help. Call 24/7 for a free consultation.

Leading Causes of Boating Accidents Infographic

  • In 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 2,620 injuries, 560 deaths, and $39 million in property damage from recreational boating accidents.
  • 84% of drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
  • Alcohol was the leading factor in 16% of recreational boating accident deaths in 2013.

Top 5 contributing factors in boating accidents:

  1. Operator Inattention
  2. Improper Lookout
  3. Operator Inexperience
  4. Excessive Speed
  5. Machinery Failure

Source: U.S. Coast Guard
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