What Causes Boating Accidents?

What Causes Boating Accidents?

Boating on Lake of the Ozarks is a summer tradition passed down from one St. Louisan to another. As Lake of the Ozarks fills up with watercraft this summer, boating accidents are likely to happen, especially if boating operators are not following basic boating safety guidelines. Read up on the most common causes of boating accidents and how to avoid them in order to stay safe this summer.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Most boating accidents occur during the day in favorable weather conditions. Inexperienced or unprepared operators cause most boating accidents. Below are 10 of the most common reasons boating accidents happen:

  1. Lacking proper safety gear. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, most drowning fatalities involve boaters who were not wearing life jackets. In the state of Missouri, all persons on board a personal watercraft must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device while the vessel is underway. Make sure the floatation device is the right size for the wearer.

  1. Failing to maintain a lookout. Just as with driving on the freeway, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings on the water. Boat operators should appoint a passenger as a designated lookout to keep an eye out for other water vessels or objects underneath the water’s surface.

  1. Consuming alcohol while boating. Studies have shown that exposure to sun and wind exacerbates the effects of alcohol. Additionally, a boat’s rocking motion makes it more difficult to maintain proper balance. It’s best to avoid alcohol while underway.

  1. Ignoring weather conditions. Smart boaters check the weather forecast before embarking, and refrain from heading out on the water if storms or high winds are forecast.

  1. Speeding at night. In the state of Missouri, the speed limit for boating at night is 30mph.

What to Do if You’re Injured in a Boating Accident

Negligent boat operators may face the same consequences as negligent drivers, particularly if drugs or alcohol are involved. If you’ve been injured in a boating accident caused by someone else, don’t let your rights get violated.

Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys have helped personal injury clients win since 1993. When you choose Cantor Injury Law, we’ll tenaciously fight for your behalf and will work tirelessly in order to maximize your compensation.


Don’t settle for less! Our firm is designed to win your injury case. Contact Cantor Injury Law at (314) 485-4005 for a free consultation today!

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