Houston Boat Accidents Lawyers
Most people realize that car accidents happen. The statistics are hard to ignore. However, most people fail to realize that the same dangers attributed to these inland accidents can be attributed to vehicles on the water as well. Throughout the Gulf Coast, people enjoy boating. Such fun in the sun, however, can sometimes have a cost. Boating accidents are a prevalent source of catastrophic injuries, which can even be fatal.
Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include the following:
Boating Under the Influence
Most people on a boat are doing so as recreation—and, for many people, alcohol is a very present factor in their recreational activities. Unfortunately, boating while drinking is just as dangerous as driving under the influence and can lead to similar crashes.
Severe & Hazardous Weather
When weather gets bad, a boat is often left vulnerable to the whims of the water. Heavy rain, wind, and other weather can cause a boat to be difficult to navigate. Should lightning become involved, the situation can quickly turn deadly.
Different Functioning of Boat Operation
One of the most important aspects of driving a boat is the fact that boats don't have a braking system, which means there is no way for them to immediately come to a stop should they need to. This can cause serious complications for inexperienced operators.
Inexperienced Drivers Behind the Wheel
Boaters are not required to get the same licensing as other drivers. If the boat driver doesn't know the proper rules, doesn't know how to handle the vehicle, or is unable able to adapt to changing conditions, they can cause serious accidents.
Boat Owners vs. Boat Renters
Boating has two extremely different groups of people. On the one hand, there are boat owners. Boat owners are people who take boating seriously because they know just how dangerous and expensive a boating accident can be. They use their boat for recreational activities, but they do so with measured risk and precise caution. However, the other group of people on the water are boat renters. While not every renter is irresponsible, some do not take boating regulations and rules as seriously. Often, boat renters are people who decide to rent a boat because it’s a new adventure. They want to try something different. Unfortunately, an adventure can turn into thrill seeking and irresponsible driving. The beauty of an open lake or calm sea invites inexperienced drivers to put their rental to the test, pushing the boundaries of safe boating practices. Any boat traveling at high speeds is dangerous, but when the scenario is mixed with an inexperienced driver, the result can be fatal.
The Size of a Body of Water Can Cause Drivers to Be Unsafe
As someone drives around their city or state, they do so with measured risk. They make decisions in split seconds, and they follow through with those decisions to benefit their traveling experience. Measured risk is heightened when drivers are on the freeway or highway. The increase in speed, traffic, and overall variables usually causes a driver to stiffen up. They begin to be more calculating and to “drive defensively.” This is the argument many make for way the German autobahn has fewer accidents per person than American freeways, and why most car accidents happen within a mile of someone’s home. When it comes to driving, familiarity and low-risk areas can lull motorists into accidents.
This same principal can be applied to boating. When a boater is out on an ocean or lake, they are more relaxed because they have more space. They may see nothing but open water, and after a few hours of open range driving, they become less measured. They begin to take more risks, they aren’t as alert, and they forget that they are driving a vehicle at 50 mph. This is why operator inattention is the number one reason why boating accidents occur. Boaters get lulled into a false sense of security until an accident happens.
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