Settlements & Verdicts for Boating Accident Victims
Cruise ship, boating and personal watercraft accidents often occur due to negligence of the driver of the boat or someone else involved. These types of accidents can and often do result in serious and sometimes deadly injuries. There are many different types of water sport accidents, including accidents that occur during recreational activity, on a cruise ship, navy vessel, or via maritime work.
Regardless of the type of boating accident involved, a qualified attorney who has experience with personal injuries from boating and water sport accidents can help recover any damages lost as a result of the accident.
Your Maritime Accident Questions Answered, Your Legal Options Explained
Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling maritime accident claims. Attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at Davis Law Group have years of experience handling accident claims. Call 206-727-4000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Life Jackets & Risks in Boating Accidents
498 boaters drowned in 2001. Had these boaters been wearing life jackets, 420 of them could have survived. In 2001, approximately eight out of every 10 victims in fatal boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.
Boaters continue to be at a greater risk of dying when involved in an accident during the fall and winter months than in the summer. Part of the reason? There are fewer boaters and patrol officers in the area to rescue boaters in distress. When waters are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, hypothermia can set in quickly.
Those who hunt and fish from boats, especially in colder weather, need to dress for possible immersion and wear their life jackets. Boaters in larger bodies of water should also take advantage of using available distress alerting and position indicating technologies to improve their chances of survival if a mishap occurs.
Boat Accident Fatalities by Boat Size
85 percent of fatalities occurred on boats less than 26 feet in length. 72 percent of those victims drowned. Specifically, 322 fatalities occurred on boats less than 16 feet in length and 254 occurred on boats 16 to less than 26 feet in length.
Alcohol involvement in fatal accidents accounted for 34 percent of all boating fatalities, up 8 percent from 1999. A Coast Guard study estimates that boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent are estimated to be more than 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident than boat operators with zero blood alcohol concentration.
Approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had not completed a boating safety education course.
Nearly 70 percent of all reported accidents involve operator controllable factors. The primary causes of accidents are operator inattention, careless/reckless operation, operator inexperience, operating at an unsafe speed, and no proper lookout.
Various Types of Maritime Accidents
“Capsizings” and “Falls Overboard” accounted for 386 fatalities, nearly sixty percent of all reported boating fatalities. Nine out of every 10 of those victims drowned . “Collision with Another Vessel” was the most reported type of accident .
These accidents resulted in 1,366 injuries and accounted for nearly nine million dollars in property damage.
Twenty-six children age 12 and under lost their lives while boating in 2001. 137 boaters died in the 40-49 age group category -- the highest number reported for any age group.
Types of Boating Accident Casualties By Types of Vessels
Three hundred and fifty-two fatalities occurred with the use of open motorboats, just over half of all boating fatalities. One hundred and one people lost their lives while using canoes/kayaks in 2001. 93% of canoe/kayak deaths were caused by drowning.
Fifty reported fatalities occurred with the use of Personal Watercraft (PWC), the lowest number of PWC fatalities reported since 1993. Approximately eighty percent of all reported injuries were associated with the use of open motorboats (46%) and PWC (34%).
Lacerations were the most reported type of injury for open motorboats. For PWC, broken bones were the most often reported type of injury.