Blake Jones Law Firm, L.L.C.
Speak with Blake Today

Here are the top 10 reasons for watercraft accidents

Like car accidents, most boat accidents could be prevented. The problem is just that one of the operators involved makes a mistake and causes a crash. There are outside factors that contribute -- storms, rogue waves, etc. -- but it could be argued that even some of these accidents could have been prevented if the operators knew what warning signs to look out for.

In any case, if you want to know why these accidents take place, here at the top 10 reasons experts have found:

  1. Operator inattention
  2. Keeping an improper lookout
  3. Operator inexperience
  4. Excessive speed
  5. Mechanical failure
  6. Alcohol consumption
  7. Water hazards
  8. Weather hazards
  9. Breaking the basic rules of the road
  10. Waves and/or the force of a boat's wake

One other thing to keep in mind is the time of day that these accidents take place. Afternoon sees the most dangerous events, particularly from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. While many different factors could play into this, one reason is likely alcohol use. There may be more boats out earlier in the day, but many people do not start drinking until after lunch.

Of course, as the top reasons for crashes show, many accidents occur even without alcohol playing a role at all. The sheer amount of people on the water does make a difference, showing why there are few accidents early in the morning.

Have you been injured on a boat? Maybe you were on the water for work or for leisure. Either way, after an accident takes place, you need to make sure you understand the rights you have under maritime law.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Case!

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Blake Jones Law Firm, L.L.C.

Blake Jones Law Firm, L.L.C.
701 Poydras St.
Suite 4100
New Orleans, LA 70139

Phone: 504-323-4314
Fax: 504-525-4380
New Orleans Law Office Map