Boating and Watercraft Accidents

Personal Injury

Boating and watercraft are often recreational activities, captivating adventurers and water enthusiasts alike. However, people lack the necessary precautions, causing accidents, injuries, or even deaths.

Facts and Statistics


According to the U.S. Coast Guard, over 4,040 recreational boating accidents were reported in 2022, leading to approximately 636 deaths and 2,222 injured victims.


Common factors contributing to boating accidents include operator inexperience, excessive speed, alcohol or drug impairment, lack of proper lookout, and equipment failure. It is important to note that most accidents are preventable and result from human error or negligence.


Boating accidents involve various types of watercraft, including motorboats, sailboats, jet skis, and other personal watercraft. Each type poses its own unique risks and safety considerations.

Most Common Injuries


Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): The impact of a boating accident can cause individuals to strike their heads against the boat, the water, or other objects. TBIs, ranging from concussions to more severe brain injuries, can result in long-term complications, cognitive impairments, and physical disabilities.

Broken Bones and Fractures: The force of a collision or being thrown overboard can lead to broken bones and fractures, affecting the limbs, ribs, spine, or skull. These injuries can cause significant pain and mobility limitations and require extensive medical treatment.

Soft Tissue Injuries:  Sprains, strains, and contusions, are common in boating accidents. The sudden jolts, impacts, or falls associated with the incident can cause damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, resulting in pain, swelling, and limited mobility.

Hypoxia: When a person drowns and is deprived of oxygen, the brain and other vital organs may get compromised. Drowning is a significant risk in boating accidents, especially when individuals are not wearing life jackets or are thrown overboard without proper safety precautions.

How to proceed when involved or hurt in a boating and watercraft accident

Seek medical attention

If you or others are injured, prioritize immediate medical care. Contact emergency services or seek treatment at the nearest medical facility. Prompt medical attention can ensure proper evaluation, treatment, and documentation of your injuries.

Report the accident

Notify the appropriate authorities about the accident. Contact the local marine law enforcement agency or the U.S. Coast Guard to report the incident. They will initiate an investigation and create an official accident report, which can be valuable for insurance claims or legal actions.

Document the scene

If possible, gather evidence at the accident scene. Take photographs of the boats involved, any visible damages, and the surrounding area. Collect witness contact information and note any relevant details about the incident.

Preserve evidence

Keep any damaged equipment or safety devices involved in the accident, such as life jackets or navigation equipment. These may serve as crucial evidence during investigations or legal proceedings.

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We will guide you through the legal process, help you understand your rights, file a claim, and pursue compensation for the injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. Also, we will deal with every piece of paperwork.

How Can We Support You?

At Christina Kalin Law Office, you will have the support of professional personal injury lawyers that will work to ensure you receive the best possible compensation. We will also refer you to a top-quality medical provider to guarantee that your recovery is in the best hands. 


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 Please note that every personal injury case is unique; therefore, the information provided here is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. For personalized advice, call us, and we will ensure you have the precise information for your case.