Residents living upon or around the Hudson Valley are familiar with the
types of watercraft that traverse the river and surrounding waterways,
including those in and around New York City. Cruise ships, private boats,
chartered party boats and fishing boats, ferries and water taxies, and
barges are regularly used in the area. But
experienced Poughkeepsie boating accident attorneys know there have been and continue to be serious boating accidents involving
any one and all of these vessels over the years.
boating accidents tend to be caused by one or more common factors—most are
preventable. Basically, the same mistakes are repeated over and over by different
or even the same vessel operators, and over time trends arise. Safety
and prevention is the key to avoiding these serious boating accidents.
Particularly now that the summer is in mid-swing, there are many more
boaters, skiers, and tubers on the water.
In fact, New York State compiles statistics on recreational boating through the
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This office reported the following on the causes of boating accidents
in New York for the year 2013; this list reports the common causes of
accidents from most to least common:
- Operator inexperience;
- Operator inattention;
- No proper lookout (tied for second);
- Machinery failure;
- Excessive speed;
- Wake (tied with the above);
- Alcohol use;
- Weather (tied with the above);
- Poor visibility;
- Ignition of spilled fuel or vapor;
- Navigation rules violation;
- Careless and or reckless operation;
- Other (tied with the above);
- Submerged object;
- Passenger behavior;
- Vessel hull failure;
- Sharp turn;
- Improper anchoring;
- Hazardous waters;
- Improper navigation lights;
- Navigation aid nor performing properly;
- Drug use;
- Starting gear; and
Note that the top five causes of boating accidents are preventable. Operator
inexperience tops the list; simply taking the time to learn more about
safer and proper boat operation can prevent the majority of boating accidents.
Inattention and improper lookout are tied for second. Again, these
boating accidents could have been prevented had the boat operator simply took mere seconds
to look out for other boats and objects.
Machinery failure might seem to some as being unpreventable. Indeed, some
may have been unforeseeable, but many other mechanical failures could
have been prevented had the owner or operator taken the time to inspect,
repair, and maintain the craft.
Excessive speed! It is obvious; speeding is a common cause of accidents
that could have been prevented whether on sea or land. Boats are harder
to control at higher speeds and quickly get into trouble in rough seas
or where there is congestion or numerous wakes.
Of course, wakes are a top five contributor to
boating accidents. This is avoidable as well. Boaters need to be mindful of their boat’s
wake and the affect it has on other vessels. At the same time, captains
need to be on the lookout for wakes so as to avoid accidents.
Learn more about boating accidents in the latest article by our law firm
discussing various issues involving boating accidents causes, including
safety, common causes, liability, and the Jones Act,available by clicking here. Read about the shocking statistics and boating accident prevention tips
by clicking on the
link to our blog post available here.
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