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By Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie on May 25, 2021

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With boating season approaching, it is very important to refresh our knowledge on the importance of boat safety. The United States Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics Guide shows that 4,168 accidents occurred in 2019 which led to 613 deaths. Most of these accidents were caused by the operator or the accidents lead to events caused partly by the boat’s operator. Sadly, this means that most of these boating accidents could have been avoided.

At Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie, we are experts at handling boating accident claims including the ability to investigate the cause of the accident. We have years of experience in successfully handling boating accidents where the cause is operator error, lack of knowledge operating a boat, ignoring weather conditions, or involving alcohol usage.

Below are the top five reasons for boating accidents with operator errors:

1. Inexperienced Operator

Inexperienced operators are the third leading cause of boating accidents. Understanding the basics of driving a boat, water rules, and how to handle emergency situations is very important.

2. Distracted Operator

When operating a boat, there can be many possible distractions. However, all boat drivers may need to pay close attention to their surroundings, passengers, and weather changes. Distracted operators are the leading cause of boating accidents today. Be sure to look out for hazards or threats in the water or surrounding area. Failure to do so can cause catastrophic consequences.

3. Weather Changes

The weather can be unpredictable when out on the water. It is important boat operators stay alert for weather changes and make safe decisions. Some people do not check weather conditions before going out onto the water or ignore coast guard warnings of bad weather that can lead to an increased chance of accidents.

4. Excessive Speed

There is a reason why speed restrictions are needed for boats because they can result in very fast, catastrophic conditions. Boating at a safe speed allows the driver to have time to avoid dangerous situations.

5. Alcohol Use

Another common reason why boating accidents occur is the result of alcohol use. Alcohol use is the fifth leading cause of accidents and a leading cause of deaths in boating accidents. Most states have restrictions for alcohol use for boat operators, similar to automobile drivers. Ensuring you are aware of this before operating a boat is important.

All five of these reasons are common for boating accidents. It is essential that you and your peers be aware and cautious of all the rules before entering the water. If a loved one you know has been injured or has incurred a fatal accident due to operator error, it is important to have the accident thoroughly investigated as quickly as possible.

At Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie, we can reduce your stress, as our attorneys are knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced in handling boating accident cases, including the ability to investigate the cause of the accident. Contact us today to learn more at (949) 752-7474 and make the most out of your time on the water and enjoy your summertime this year!

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