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What are the most common causes of boating accidents?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Whether you are a seasoned boater or recently purchased your first vessel, it is important to know how most boating accidents occur in order to avoid them.

According to the United States Coast Guard, property damage to recreational boats in 2020 was about $62.5 million. Here are situations to avoid to keep your cash and passengers intact.

Running aground

Though sometimes the worst to happen if you run your boat aground is an embarrassing few minutes, at worst your vessel endures damage and someone sustains an injury.


It may seem unlikely that a boat could sink with so much modern technology available, but it does happen. The most likely reason a boat sinks is from a hole, which frequently happens because of through-hull fittings.

Catching fire

Boat fires are rarer than they once were, due mainly to spark-protected mechanical systems and double-clamped fuel lines. Still, it pays to check for fuel leaks and sniff the bilge before departing the dock.

Speeding in the dark

At night on the open water, you cannot always see dangers lurking ahead, and therefore may not adjust your vessel’s speed to match the moment’s conditions. Keeping your speed to a level you can easily decrease or change directions can help prevent a serious crash.

Owning a boat can be a great joy and a wonderful way to unwind, but it is also a great responsibility. Keep in mind the potential risks involved each time you take your vessel out on the water, someone’s life could depend on it.