A new report issued by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission revealed that there were 130 boating accidents last year in the state. Although the majority of those accidents were classified by the commission as non-fatal, there were 23 boating accidents which claimed the lives of 27 people. Another 93 victims required medical assistance.
According to the report, there were a total of 176 vessels which were involved in the accidents. The number one cause of fatal accidents was the victim falling or jumping off the vessel.
Forty-four of the non-fatal accidents were caused by boats colliding either with another boat or with a fixed object. Other leading causes of non-fatal accidents included:
- Operator inattention;
- Operator inexperience;
- Faulty machinery/equipment/hull;
- Excessive speed; and
- Careless/reckless operation.
There was a large decrease in the number of student boater certificates received last year – 6,262 – compared to 2013, when there were 16,877 certificates awarded.
The year ended with 302,713 boats and 43,222 personal water craft (PWCs) registered in North Carolina. Boating safety experts say one of the most important things a boater can do is to wear a life vest, which just may end up saving your life.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for your pain and loss. Our injury law firm offers a free guide to boat accident victims which addresses topics such as boating accident laws, insurance issues, and whether or not you should pursue a personal injury claim against the individual or company who was at-fault for the accident.