While boating accidents are much less common than other vehicular accidents, they still result in up to 1,000 fatalities a year in the U.S. Most of these fatalities are due to drowning. Injuries sustained during boating accidents number in excess of 4,000 per year.
As with many vehicular accidents, boating accidents can be largely prevented through caution and common sense. Operating a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs is just as dangerous as operating a car or motorcycle under similar conditions. Using safety equipment can also greatly reduce your risk of death or injury. Many boaters don't wear appropriate flotation devices while out on the water, increasing their risk of drowning if they should fall out of the boat or be ejected from it. In fact, the majority of boating-related deaths occur by drowning, and almost all of those could have been prevented by use of flotation gear.
To avoid injury or death while boating, it's important to:
- Obey rules and regulations
- Stay in areas designated for boating
- Wear appropriate safety and flotation gear
If you have been injured in a boating accident and are in need of legal assistance, please contact Nashville, Tennessee boating accident attorneys James R. Omer & Associates. We'll do everything we can for you to get you the compensation you need and deserve.