Boating is not as common as driving when it comes to transportation. Because of that, the dangers and risks of boating are generally less well-known even though boating accidents can be just as traumatizing as car accidents. If you are going out boating frequently, you should, therefore, be aware of what dangers you may need to anticipate while out on the waters.
The first thing that you should be aware of is the fact that there are two main sources of injury when it comes to boating accidents: poor manufacture and poor operation. Some boating accidents may be caused by malfunctions due to low product quality. The result can be mechanical failure, fires, or even small scale explosions. There is also the chance that you may run into a negligent or drunk boat operator, who could force other boaters such as yourself into potentially hazardous situations with their inattentiveness.
There are many different unfortunate risks if you run into a drunken boater or experience technical failure on your own boat, regardless of whether you are a passenger or a boat operator. If you find yourself in a boating accident, you may be at risk for drowning, blunt force injury, injury by shrapnel, or even the possibility of being thrown into the water and getting run over by the boat or being hit by the propeller. All of these possible outcomes can potentially result in crippling injuries that you may have to deal with for a long time. Some may even end in a loved one dying if there are multiple passengers on your boat.
For more information on what to do in the case of a fatal boating accident or a boating accident that results in serious injury to either yourself or to one of your loved ones, please contact our boat accident lawyer.