During the summer, there can be an expected increase in the number of people going boating and fishing to enjoy the outdoors. With the increased traffic on the water, there is an increased chance for crashes due to people boating while intoxicated, distracted, or inexperienced. There is also the risk that boats, whether owned or rented, are in poor shape or not properly equipped with safety equipment.
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As summer quickly approaches, many people plan spending time on the water. Whether you are a passenger relaxing in a boat or someone who enjoys water skiing, you may be surprised to know that boating accidents are more common than you might think.
The owner of a Branson, Missouri company has entered into a confidential settlement to resolve the final claims in a pending lawsuit stemming from a boating accident.
The fun involved with getting on a boat and participating in other water related recreational activities often causes us to forget that boats are motor vehicles too, and they have the same risks as the operation of car driven on the road. Recently in Mont Belvieu, which is just east of Houston, three men lost their lives while they were aboard a fishing boat when an intoxicated individual crashed a ski boat into them. Tragic incidents like this are a sobering reminder of the hidden dangers that exist as more people go on vacation now that summer is here.
According to the United States Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security, more than 4,000 recreational boating accidents have been reported in each of the past five years. Recreational boating accidents occur year round and may involve jet skis, fishing boats, cruise ships, kayaks, canoes, and many other types of boating vessels. In 2014, which is the most recent year with available information, operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and alcohol were the most common causes of recreational boating accidents.
This year, National Safe Boating Week comes just before summer's unofficial kick off: Memorial Day Weekend. And the three-day weekend often brings with it BBQs, bonfires and boating excursions.
For some, the recent tragic cruise ship accident of the Costa Concordia in Italy has echoes of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Of course, the circumstances were completely different, but with the death toll at 17 and a number of crew and passengers still missing, the Costa incident is proving to be one of the most fatal cruise liner accidents in recent history. Many are wondering how such tragic boating accidents can occur in such a modern day age. And while technology has made great strides since 1912, it has not eliminated such maritime disasters from occurring during the past 100 years.