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Understanding the Leading Causes Behind Boating Accidents | Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP

Accidents on the water can be just as dangerous as the ones on the road. We represent families and loved ones who have suffered injuries or death as a result of a boating accident. Working with an experienced boating accident attorney can get you the financial compensation you or your loved one deserve.

Leading Causes of Boating Accidents

Below is a comprehensive list of major contributing factors to boating accidents.

Operation of Vessel

  • Operator Inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Improper lookout
  • Excessive speed
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Violation of the rules of Navigation
  • Restricted vision
  • Sharp turn
  • Failure to vent
  • Poor or inadequate navigation lights
  • Drug use
  • Starting while in gear

Failure of Boat or Boat Equipment

  • Equipment failure


  • Ignition of fuel or vapor
  • Sudden medical condition
  • Carbon monoxide

Reporting Boating Accidents

According to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), federal law requires a boat operator or boat owner to report any casualty or accident to the state reporting authority when the incident involves a vessel or any of its attached equipment. In addition, accident reports must be filed when:

  • A fatality occurs
  • A passenger disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate injury or death
  • A passenger requires medical treatment beyond basic first aid

And of course, it’s crucial to know the cause of your boating accident. Filing this information on an accident report could mean the difference between success and failure if you pursue litigation.

Contact a Boating Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has experienced injury or death as a result of a boating accident, then call the law offices of Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel today. Our team has successfully represented clients and their families in many boating accidents. We understand the complexities of boating accident cases and can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free no-obligation consultation.


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