The summer season is fast approaching and with it comes boating season. During 2014, the Coast Guard reported that there were 4,064 boating accidents which resulted in 610 boating deaths and 2,678 boating accident-related injuries. Since 2010, the number of boating accidents in Massachusetts has been increasing from 60 in 2010, 46 in 2011 and 68 in 2012 to 83 in 2013 and 82 in 2014. In Massachusetts during 2014, there were five fatal boating accidents and there were nine fatal boating accidents in 2013, 16 fatal boating accidents in 2012, 12 fatal boating accidents in 2011 and five fatal boating accidents in 2010.

Also during 2014 in Massachusetts there were a total of six boating accident-related deaths and there were 12 boating accident-related deaths in 2013, 17 boating accident-related deaths in 2012, nine boating accident-related deaths in 2011 and 16 boating accident-related deaths in 2010. According to the Coast Guard, inattentive operators, inexperienced operators, improper lookout, excessive speed and alcohol are the top factors that contribute to boating accidents.

Boating accidents can lead to serious injuries and death for boating accident victims. When the negligent or careless actions of another party have resulted in a boating accident or fatal boating accident, remedies may be available for injured victims and their families. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered; likewise, family members of victims killed in a fatal boating accident may also be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered associated with unexpectedly losing a loved one.

It is important to keep in mind when injured or otherwise harmed by the careless behavior of another party that personal injury and wrongful death options may be available to protect victims. Victims of a boating accident and their family members likely have a number of important concerns and should be familiar with the protections available to help them and to address those concerns.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, ”2014 Recreational Boating Statistics,” Accessed May 16, 2016