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Boating is a popular leisure activity for many in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Many individuals are seriously injured or even killed in boating accidents every year. You may be the victim of another’s irresponsible actions and therefore entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and even lost wages. Our boat accident attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are ready to investigate these claims and resolve any of your concerns that you may have post-accident.

Boating accidents by the numbers

Every year, there are thousands of boating accidents across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and the United States. These can range in severity and potentially alter the futures of the passengers involved in the accident. The United States Coast Guard releases a number of boating statistics every year indicating a wide range of information that can better help us understand the chances of your or a loved one’s involvement in a boating accident:

  • In the year 2020 alone, there were 5,365 boating accidents across the United States of America.
  • Of these, there were 3,191 injuries and 767 total deaths.
  • From 2019 to 2020, the number of accidents on the water increased 26.3%.
  • In the same timeframe, injuries rose 26.3% and deaths increased 25.1%.
  • Alcohol was the leading cause of death, resulting in 18% of all boat accident-related deaths.
  • 77% of all boating accidents were caused by an operator without any nautical education.

Many of these accidents happen in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. It is an unfortunate reality that is oftentimes caused by the negligence of another human being: usually, an operator. These types of accidents are preventable and the driver of the vessel is responsible as captain of the ship.

Leading causes of boating accidents in PA

There are a number of contributing factors that led to boating accidents in 2020, yet the large majority concern the human operation of the vessel itself. This is an indication that with proper training or limiting one’s usage of alcohol and other substances that the outcome of the accident could have been altered.

Following the same report by the United States Coast Guard, the top five primary reasons for boating accidents in 2020 were as follows:

  1. Operator inattention
  2. Operator inexperience
  3. Improper lookout
  4. Excessive speed
  5. Machinery failure

As we can see, boating accidents related to human error, negligence, and ignorance are all too common. Knowing the root cause of most boating accidents means that you may better be able to spot the warning signs of an accident before it happens.

Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman is at the helm of boat accident law

Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman is a firm that has extensive experience handling boat accident claims and is willing to l fight for the compensation you deserve. The looming threat of complex state and federal nautical laws is of no concern to our Washington, PA boat accident attorneys, and is one less thing you will have to be concerned about following your boating accident.

If you, a family member, or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, please act fast by clicking here for our website contact form or call 888-988-9467 to discuss your case with a professional today.

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