Be Prepared After a Boat Accident
What to do After a Boat Accident
A boat accident can be very scary, causing panic and stress. It’s important to remain calm and immediately report the accident to local authorities. Be sure that all passengers stay put until authorities arrive. If there are injured passengers, control the injuries as best as possible. If the accident involved a boat collision you should:
- Exchange contact information
- Exchange insurance information
- Collect the names and contact information of witnesses
- Take note of property damage, including items onboard
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- Permanent disability
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Common Injuries from Boat Accidents
Some common injuries sustained during a boating accident may not be apparent, so it’s important to see a doctor.
- Body injuries – cuts, lacerations, amputations
- Head injuries – head wounds and concussions
- Hypothermia – caused by submersion into cold water, or exposure to cold/wet weather
Safety Tips for Avoiding Boat Accidents
Safety should always be your number one priority, a simple safety check and knowledge of first aid can save lives. By practicing proper safety, boat accidents can be avoided. Some safety precautions you should consider include:
- Weather checks for unsafe conditions prior to departure
- Pre-departure checklist to ensure safety rules are being followed, this includes: life jackets, first aid knowledge and kits
- Safe speeds, keeping distance from large vessels, watching for navigational aids in the water
- Making sure another person onboard can handle the boat, operations, and safety measures in case of emergency
- Developing a float plan: inform family members or the local marina of your trip itinerary and boat details
- Avoiding alcohol while operating the boat
- Learning how to swim
- Taking a boating course for boating safety rules and operations
- Requesting a FREE boat safety check from the US Coast Guard
Alcohol and Boat Accidents
Consuming alcohol and driving a boat is just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car. In 2013, alcohol was the driving force behind 236 boating accidents. Further, 16 percent of fatal boat accidents involved alcohol. In most states drinking and operating a boat is treated the same as drinking and driving. The maximum BAC is .08%. Be smart and safe, and avoid drinking while driving a boat.
Boat Accidents Statistics
Safety precautions should not be taken lightly. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2013 there were 4,062 boat accidents, with 510 being fatal and 3552 being non-fatal.
Top 5 Types of Boating Accidents in 2013
- Collision with another boat: 619 injuries, 36 deaths
- Skier mishap: 352 injuries, 11 deaths
- Collision with fixed object: 269 injuries, 56 deaths
- Grounding: 255 injuries, 15 deaths
- Flooding/swamping: 144 injuries, 67 deaths
1. U.S Coast Guard, 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, Retrieved November 13, 2014.
2. Boat US Foundation, Alcohol and Boating, Retrieved November 13, 2014.
3. Discover Boating, Safe Boating Tips, Retrieved November 13, 2014.
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