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What are the common causes of boating injuries and fatalities? 

What Are The Common Causes Of Boating Injuries And Fatalities

Common causes of boating injuries and fatalities can occur alone, but most often two or more contribute to a devastating event. A vessel operator or the passengers are more likely to be distracted or act in a reckless manner if they are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

According to the US Coast Guard, boating accidents most often involve powerboats and cabin cruisers, and the main causes of accidents include:

  • alcohol and drug consumption;
  • equipment failure;
  • reckless passenger behavior;
  • operator distraction;
  • operator inexperience;
  • reckless operation;
  • weather conditions.

Inexperience often leads a boat operator to commit a mistake when facing unfamiliar or unpredictable circumstances, while equipment failure is more likely to occur in harsh weather conditions, which are one of the greatest risks boat operators face.

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