Common Causes of Boating Accidents in Missouri

boating accident can be just as devastating as an accident in a motor vehicle, yet many people do not apply the same level of care to boating as to driving a car. 

Very few people would think of driving a car without first taking driving lessons, but many do exactly that with a boat. Others will drink or do drugs while boating or will not keep a proper lookout to avoid an accident.

Sadly, failure to exercise proper care often leads to a boating accident, resulting in death or serious personal injury.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents in Missouri

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the most common causes of boating accidents in Missouri include:

  • Failure to keep a proper lookout
  • Water conditions, such as rough or choppy water
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Inexperience of the person operating the boat

According to the Missouri House of Representatives, the leading causes of boating accidents are:

  • Inattentive operator
  • Inexperienced operator
  • No proper lookout
  • Excessive speed

These lists aren’t the same, but they tell the same story. When a person operates a boat without enough experience, while drunk or high, while not paying enough attention, or while simply going too fast, then accidents can happen. 

As the Missouri House Concurrent Resolution No. 49 points out, the leading causes of boating accidents are all easily preventable.

Contributing Circumstances

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, contributing circumstances to Missouri boating accidents include:

  • Carbon monoxide exposure
  • Failure of equipment
  • High speed
  • Exhaustion
  • No proper lookout
  • No evasive action
  • Falls, either on or from the boat
  • Fire
  • Hull failure
  • Improperly loaded boat
  • Operating too close to another boat

Negligence of various kinds can easily make a boating accident more likely.

Consequences of Boating Accidents

Boating accidents in Missouri have serious and often fatal consequences. The Missouri State Highway Patrolreports that there were 195 boating crashes in Missouri in 2021. 

In these accidents, 28 people died, and 122 people were injured. 133 out of the 234 boat operators involved had no training in how to operate a boat properly.

If you’ve been injured in a Missouri boating accident and you believe a boat operator’s negligence is to blame, you need a personal injury attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Get the Legal Help You Need Today

The Wilbers Law Firm LLC has been part of the St Louis community for generations, helping people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We will help you fight for compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Our staff is always welcoming and attentive. We will give you a single point of contact to make it easier for you to stay in touch and get updates every step of the way.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence in St Louis or anywhere in Missouri, contact The Wilbers Law Firm LLC today. We offer a free case evaluation, and you pay no fee unless we win.