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Have You Been Hurt in a Boating Accident in the Gulf?

Boating is a regular activity for many south Louisiana residents. Boating can be a great way to spend time with family and friends, but if anyone operating the boat is negligent, serious accidents and injuries can occur. If you are injured due to the fault of another, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced attorneys at Cueria Law Firm can assist you in evaluating your claims. 

The United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard, and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety have compiled boating accident statistics in their 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics report. Some of the highlights of the report are detailed below. 

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2020 Executive Summary

The United States Coast Guard accounted for:

  • 5,265 accidents resulting in 767 deaths;
  • 3191 injuries; 
  • $62.5 million dollars in property damage

Top 5 Boating Accidents

(1) Collision with recreational vessel- 1,379

(2) Flooding/ swamping- 589

(3) Collision with fixed object- 542

(4) Grounding- 484

(5) Falling overboard- 335

Top 10 Contributing Factors of Accidents

(1) Operator inattention

(2) Operator inexperience

(3) Improper lookout 

(4) Excessive speed

(5) Machinery failure

(6) Navigation rules violation

(7) Alcohol use

(8) Weather 

(9) Hazardous waters

(10) Force of wave/wake 

Vessels with Top Casualty Numbers

  • Open motorboat
  • Personal watercraft
  • Cabin motorboat
  • Pontoon 
  • Canoe/Kayak

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