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Boating Accident Statistics

Posted on September 6, 2013

Boating Accident Statistics

There is arguably nothing more relaxing than spending an enjoyable sunny day aboard a boat. Whether it is in the ocean, on a river, or on a lake, recreational boating is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people in the U.S. each year.

Unfortunately, the enjoyment of boating can suddenly be disrupted by unpredictable factors, such as severe weather or strong currents, both of which can compromise the safety of those aboard a boat. Other factors can also impact safety, including operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure. In fact, those factors represent the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents, according to statistics from the United States Coast Guard.

In 2011, the Coast Guard recorded 4,588 recreational boating accidents, the majority of which occurred to motorboats, personal watercraft, and cabin motorboats. These accidents resulted in 3,081 injuries and 758 deaths. The corresponding fatality rate was 6.2 deaths for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels, which represented a nearly 15% increase over the 2010 rate (5.4 deaths per 100,000).

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Cruise Ship Injuries – Sources and Concerns

Taking a vacation on a cruise ship is a popular choice for many Americans and their families. Cruise ships offer exotic destinations, the promise of wonderful food, and a family-friendly environment that many find irresistible. How irresistible? Just look at some of the numbers. The worldwide cruising industry is incredibly large, with an estimated income of $40 billion in 2010 alone. Almost 15,000,000 Americans take a cruise every year, and each person spends an average of seven days aboard ship, spending an average of $1,800 per passenger. That means a family of four can expect to spend over $7,000 on an average cruise.

Yet as popular as cruising is, there are potential downsides. Though major accidents and disasters are rare, they do happen. One of the most recent occurred in January of 2012 when the Costa Concordia sank off of Italy, resulting in the death of 32 people. But the big disasters are very rare. What’s far more common is for people to suffer injuries while aboard ship. Many of these injuries are relatively minor, but other injuries, such as people falling overboard or being injured as the result of an assault, are very serious. In 2010, for example, 20 passengers fell overboard on cruise ships around the world, while 58 separate incidents of collisions, fires, or other disabling incidents involving cruise ships also took place, resulting in numerous injuries.

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