Louisiana Boating Accident Lawyers
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Most accidents involve passenger vehicles or motorcycles, but thousands of boating accidents still occur every year in the United States, more than 10% of those being fatal. Though Louisiana lakes and the nearby Gulf of Mexico make for great recreational boating locations and the state's Gulf Coast has a thriving maritime industry, it is still important to note the dangers of boating and that if you’ve experienced a wrongful injury or death of a loved one on a boat, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party or parties responsible.
Notable Boating Accident Statistics
In comparison to some of the more prevalent motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents are about 20% as common. Still, the recreational activity does have the potential to host catastrophic injuries or deaths, especially in boaters who fail to appreciate its dangers and jeopardize others.
A compilation of data from the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety was compiled in 2015. This report is called the Recreational Boating Statistics.
The report found the following:
- The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,158 boating accidents total in the year 2015.
- 2,613 of those accidents resulted in injury.
- 626 of the total number accidents resulted in fatality.
- Louisiana accounted for 87 of the total boating accidents, 39 of the injuries, and 20 of the fatalities.
- The year 1997 saw a total of 8,047 boating accidents in the United States.
- When compared to the total in 2015, boating accidents have almost been cut in half in the last 20 years.
- Alcohol is the primary contributing factor for boating fatalities, accounting for 17% of them.
- 80% of boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.
Especially if you were injured in a boat accident where you believe the fault to be alcohol or negligence, you should contact our Louisiana vessel crash lawyers. The sooner we can conduct your free case evaluation, the sooner we can begin our investigation into who or what entity may be liable for damages.