The 4 Most Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Nevada offers a wealth of recreational boating options, and with summer in full swing, there is no better way to spend the day than on open water.



While boating offers an enticing freedom that few hobbies can match, operating these vessels negligently or recklessly can have devastating consequences. Sinking or colliding with another watercraft can cause serious injuries, property damage and even fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent boater, then you may be able to recover accident-related expenses in a civil lawsuit. The at-fault party may be responsible for medical expenses and any lost wages.

To find out if you should file a claim, contact the Truman Law Firm P.C. Ronald W. Truman is a Las Vegas personal-injury lawyer who has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Schedule a consultation by calling our office today at 702-821-1821.

In the meantime, here are four common causes of boating accidents:

  1. Busy Summer Days

More vessels on the water mean a higher probability of an accident. This is why summer is primetime for boat crashes.

Novice boaters are at a particularly high risk of causing a wreck in crowded waters. They may not have the experience to identify and avoid potential hazards. Boating courses from organizations like the Boat U.S. Foundation teach important information about how to operate a vessel in a safe and responsible manner.

  1. Reckless Boating

NASBLA claims that more than 50 percent of boating accidents happen because the driver is operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol. Many drivers fail to remember that similar rules apply to DUIs and BUIs, and a conviction may come with steep fines and even jail time.

Speeding is another reckless behavior that contributes to a large portion of boat accidents. Inexperienced operators driving high-speed boats can cause devastating crashes. Many boat operators forget that these vessels do not have brakes like cars, and it can be very difficult to stop suddenly or avoid hazards on the water when travelling at high speeds.

  1. Weather Conditions

Like driving a car, inclement weather can significantly increase the likelihood of a boat accident. Rain, strong winds and large swells are common causes of crashes.

  1. Equipment Failure

Proper maintenance and boating safety go hand in hand. It is much easier to make a repair on land than in the water, and certain problems can jeopardize the safety of passengers and other boaters. To avoid these issues, be sure to service your boat regularly, and make sure everything is in working order before casting off.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a boating accident, call the Truman Law Firm, P.C. A Las Vegas accident attorney from our practice can evaluate your case to determine if negligence contributed to your injuries. If so, we can help you pursue compensation from the at-fault party. To start planning your claim, call our office today at 702-821-1821.