Boat Accident Statistics
Every year, the U.S. Coast Guard compiles statistics on boating accidents. In 2021 the top five primary boating accident types were:
- Collision with recreational vessel
- Collision with a fixed object
- Falls overboard
Each of these five types of accidents can cause serious injury or death. Because boating occurs on the water, it is obvious the leading cause of death in boating accidents is drowning. The remaining four most common causes of death are: trauma, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
These statistics can be scary, but the truth is, most boat accidents are preventable and the top three contributing factors to these accidents are operator inattention, operator inexperience, and improper lookout.
The most important consideration when boating is to be safe while having fun. Unfortunately, we cannot control other’s actions regardless of how careful we are. In 2022, at Lake Pleasant alone, there were 10 deaths.
These statistics are not meant to scare anyone away from boating, but it is important to know what to do if you are involved in a boating accident due to the operator’s or another person’s negligence.