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The Causes of Boating Accidents

By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC  Oct. 31, 2010 9:35a

Boating accidents are all too commonplace. The high speeds, open waters and apparent lack of protection all make the sport, a dangerous game. In all, there were 4,730 recreational boating accidents in 2009, of those 736 resulted in death, however those figures haven't kept boat enthusiasts from traversing across the rivers, lakes and open seas.

Causes of Boating Accidents

As weddings and reunions are rarely seen without alcohol, it's the same for our typical boat excursions where groups of people gather in a "party" like atmosphere. Unfortunately, boats and beer don't mix. Over one third of boating accidents are caused by the boat operator "boating under the influence." Not unlike a DUI, states have now criminalized BUI's, whereas those convicted can be forced to pay heavy fines and face incarceration.

Weather plays an important role in boating accidents. Strong winds, heavy rains and lightning storms all pose a significant risk to a boat and its passengers. Toxic carbon monoxide produced by the boat's engine can cause death or permanent injury to the passengers if large amounts are inhaled.

Lastly, simple negligence on the part of the boat operator is a common cause of boating accidents. Speeding, driving the boat under dangerous weather conditions, driving while intoxicated or not following common sense safety rules are all negligent behaviors wherein passengers can be injured or killed as a result. If a boater is found to be guilty of negligence, he or she may incur civil or criminal liability or both.

The victims of a boating accident may sue the boat operator for medical expenses and any other applicable damages. If the boater was found guilty of boating while intoxicated or gross negligence, the state may also bring criminal charges against the boater. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident at the hands of a negligent boater, you should seek the advice of a St. Louis boating and watercraft accident attorney at the Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC right away. We have many years of combined experience in dealing with personal injury cases and will bring our litigation skills to the table in order to help you get the compensation that is due, as a result of your injuries in a boating accident.

Contact a St. Louis Boating and Watercraft Accident Lawyerat our office today for a free case evaluation.

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