A GUIDE TO SOUTH CAROLINA

Boat Accidents

EVERY YEAR IN THE U.S. THERE ARE OVER

BOATING ACCIDENTS 

4000

2500

INJURIES

600

DEATHS

THESE ACCIDENTS LEAD TO APPROXIMATELY

AND

WHAT ARE THE TOP CAUSES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS?

1

ALCOHOL

Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, contributing to 23 percent of boating deaths. 

23

PERCENT

2

INEXPERIENCE

of accidents involve boats where the operator did not receive proper safety instruction

70

PERCENT

Operator inattention Improper lookout Excessive speed

OTHER TOP CAUSES:

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FACTORS IN BOAT ACCIDENTS?

Boating accidents encompass a wide range of vehicles and locations, ranging from small personal watercraft to massive ocean tankers. The factors apparent in accidents can include:

Size of the boat Speed of the boat Skill of the operator Severity of the waves Strength of the wind

BOAT ACCIDENT FACTORS

TIPS FOR

Boating Safety

This will ensure the boat is checked and proper safety gear is on board. 

1 MAKE AND FOLLOW A PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Always check weather and water conditions for your route and your destination.

2 PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER

Make sure more than one person knows how to handle and operate the boat, and understands general boating safety, in case you become incapacitated.

Be sure to maintain a look out and be respectful of buoys and shipping lanes. 

3 KNOW & FOLLOW THE USGC's NAVIGATION RULES

FIT AND ASSIGN EVERYONE ONBOARD A LIFE JACKET

PERCENT

of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket

86

If you have been injured because of a faulty watercraft or because of an operator’s negligence, contact an attorney.

AFTER A BOATING ACCIDENT

GET THE FIRM BEHIND YOU

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