Boating Accidents

In 2012, the primary cause of boating accidents nationwide was operator inattention, followed by carelessness, inexperience, speeding, and failure to have a proper lookout. However, some boating accidents are caused by a defect in the boat. When an injury results because of the defective or dangerous condition of a boat, the injured person may have third party lawsuit case against the manufacturer of the boat.Most people aren’t sure what to do after an accident. They need answers to questions such as:

  • Who will pay for my medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering?
  • Can I get money to help me right now?
  • Should I consult an attorney before I sign any papers?

Boating Accident Statistics

  • The number of boating accidents rose from 4,967 in 2006 to 5,191 in 2013.
  • The number of boating injuries rose from 3,474 in 2006 to 3,673 in 2013.
  • Over two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims drowned. Ninety percent of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. It was the primary factor in 21% of deaths.
  • There were 391 accidents associated with alcohol use and 145 deaths.
  • 513 accidents were the result of boat malfunction or failure.
  • The most common types of boats involved in accidents were open motorboats (44%), personal watercraft (24%), and cabin motorboats (15%).
  • The number of deaths linked to canoes and kayaks increased from 99 in 2006 to 107 in 2013.

Put Our Experienced Lawyers to Work for YouYou’ve got questions, we have answers. Let our New Jersey lawyers and staff handle the details of your case so that you can concentrate on getting well.For over 40 years, we’ve represented over 25,000 injured people and helped them to get the money they deserve. We believe in personalized service. At Mayo Law, we look at the specifics of your case and always treat you like an individual, not a case number.