For many Americans, boating is a popular and leisurely activity that people look forward to all year-especially this year as many are eager to meet up with friends and loved ones. While pleasure boating is fun for all ages, these seemingly relaxing activities can quickly turn dangerous. Washington D.C. boating accidents can result in serious injuries to individuals on board, in the water, or near docks. Those who embark on the water this summer should understand the real risks associated with these activities.
The U.S. Coast Guard released its recent reports on boating fatalities in the United States. The report revealed that boating accidents increased over 26%, and non-fatal injury victims increased nearly 25%. Further, the number of boating fatalities increased 25.1% from 2019 to 2020. While access to many activities was limited over the past year, recreational boating significantly increased. Researchers discovered this increase by examining boat sales, boat insurance policies, injury claims, and towing assistance calls. Understandably the increase in boaters, especially novice boaters, has led to more exposure to dangerous situations.
Boating in Washington D.C. requires the experience of those who can skillfully and safely handle these vessels. When a boat operator fails to engage in the safe operation of their boats, operate their boats while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fail to maintain their boats in safe working order, accidents are inevitable. The report indicates that the most common vessels involved in fatal accidents included open motorboats, personal watercrafts such as jet skis, and cabin motorboats.