Boating Accident Frequently Asked Questions
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How many people enjoy recreational boating each year?

Annually, over 75 million people go boating each year.

How many recreational boat owners are there in the United States?

It is estimated that there are 20 million recreational boats in the U.S.; 11 million of them are motorboats.

What is a "boating accident"?

A boating accident may include, but is not limited to, capsizing, crew overboard, collision, fire, sinking, flooding, explosion, and disappearances.

How many boating accidents occur each year in the United States?

According to the United States Coast Guard, approximately 8,000 accidents occur each year, averaging nearly 5,000 injuries, over 800 fatalities, and causing almost $30 million in property damage.

How do most boating fatalities occur?

Most boating fatalities occur when a passenger falls overboard or a boat capsizes.

How do most non-fatal boating accidents occur?

Most non-fatal boating accidents occur when a boat collides with another boat or object.

What is a "personal watercraft"?

The United States Coast Guard classifies a personal watercraft (PWC) as an inboard boat. It is a vessel that utilizes an inboard motor to power a water jet pump as the main source of propulsion. It is designed to be operated by a person who is sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel. As an inboard boat, personal watercraft are required to follow the same rules and requirements of other powerboats, in addition to any specific rules applicable to personal watercraft.

How many personal watercraft vessels are there in the United States?

There are well over 1 million personal watercraft vessels in use.

How many accidents occur each year involving personal watercraft vessels?

On average, approximately 5,000 personal watercraft accidents occur each year, resulting in 2,000 injuries and over 60 deaths.

Should I contact an attorney if I have been injured in a boating accident?

Yes. It is important for you to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Only a licensed attorney can evaluate whether you have a case that is worth pursuing. Keep in mind however that there are time limits (Statute of Limitations) which impact on your ability to bring a claim.

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