According to the US Coast Guard Boating Accident Statistics in 2003, the most reported type of accident was a collision with another vessel. However, capsizing and falls overboard are the most reported types of fatal accidents and accounted for over half (57%) of all boating fatalities. Operator inattention, carelessness, reckless operation, operator inexperience, and excessive speed are the leading contributing factors of all reported accidents.
The most common types of boats involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (42%), personal watercraft (Jet Skis and Sea Doos) (27%) and cabin motorboats (14%). Increases were observed in the number of reported fatalities involving cabin motorboats (64) and canoes and kayaks (87) from 2002.
One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is our access to bodies of water of all types – from rushing rivers and serene lakes, to the great Pacific Ocean. And, though summer days are waning, there are still ample opportunities to indulge in all of your favorite waterfront activities.
Unfortunately, as with any motorized vehicle operated on land, there is a certain risk that comes with boating – which may lead to you or someone you love being involved in a boating accident.
Boating accident statistics show that nearly 44 injuries result for every 100 accidents that occured on the water in 2017. The cause of boat collisions varies. The top three causes include: operator inattention, lack of experience, and alcohol/drug use. These categories include excessive speed and negligent operation.
An estimated 39% of boating accidents involve a recreational boat. Collisions with fixed objects and flooding / swamping round out the top three types of accidents. The boating vehicles most often involved in collisions include cabin motorboats, open motorboats, and personal watercraft vehicles. However, capsizing and falling overboard are the most reported types that result in fatal accidents.