Boating Accidents Primary Cause of Drowning Deaths in Ohio
In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,463 accidents that involved 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and around $49 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. About 10 percent of the 3,500 drownings each year in the United States are attributed to .
Year-on-year, 2016 saw an increase of about 11 percent in the number of recreational boating fatalities across the nation. Where cause of death is known, 80 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims over 80 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
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Common Causes for Injury or Drowning
• Collision with recreational vessel
• Collision with fixed object
• Boat malfunction
• Grounding of watercraft
• Struck by propeller
Types of Watercraft Involved in Boating Accidents
Open motorboats are by far the most dangerous form watercraft in terms of total injuries and deaths reported. Casualties involving open motorboats outnumber all the other water vehicles by a large margin. Motorboats account for 47 percent of all boating accidents. Other kinds of watercraft involved in accidents and drownings include the following:
• Open motorboat
• Personal watercraft—jetski and wave runner
• Cabin motorboat
• Duck boat
Common Injuries Caused by Boating-Related Accidents
The Risk Factors of Boating and Open Water
The number one risk factor in boating drowning accidents is an inability to swim. In the United States of America drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–14 years. Boating is associated with 15-20 percent of Ohio’s drowning accidents each year.
Other leading factors in boating and drowning accidents include:
• Boat Size—smaller vessels are notably more dangerous. Eight out of every ten boaters who drown use vessels less than 21 feet in length.
• Alcohol and Drugs—Alcohol use is listed as the leading factor in 15 percent of boating drownings and deaths. Drugs are also a known factor in accidents.
• Inexperience and Lack of Safety Instruction—around 77 percent of deaths occur on boats where the operators do receive boating safety instruction.
Other Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents
• Operator inattention
• Operator inexperience
• Improper lookout—restricted vision
• Excessive Speed
• Machinery malfunction—improper light fixtures
• Navigation rules violation
• Hazardous waterways
• Overloading of Passengers or Gear
• Improper anchoring
Legal Representation in Ohio
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as a result of a boating or drowning accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.