The waters off the West Coast are heavily used by merchant ships, recreational boaters and U.S. Navy vessels. With over 6,400 miles of ocean shoreline and nearly 8,000 square miles of inland water, there are countless opportunities for boating, fishing and other water sports. There are also many opportunities for accidents, injuries and fatalities.
In 2010, there were six accidents involving recreational boaters that were actually reported to the Coast Guard, and only one fatality. According to the Coast Guard, the most common causes of fatal boat accidents among recreational boaters include alcohol, hazardous waters and operator inattention.
Boat accidents can occur in a variety of situations that include boats ranging from ocean-going commercial and cruise line vessels to small recreational crafts. When referring to a motor vehicle accident we often refer to the "Rules of the Road" in order to determine what each person's responsibilities were regarding the safe operation of their vehicle. These rules are similar to the ones established by the Coast Guard and various state agencies, and outline the rules for safe boating:
By following these basic safety outlines, drivers can avoid many of the common causes of accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boat accident, the boat operator is responsible for filing an accident report and submitting the report to the applicable state agency, the Coast Guard, or both. If you have suffered injury or someone has been killed, you must report the accident within 48 hours of the accident. If the accident only caused property damage, the report must be filed within 10 days.
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