In order to understand the real risks of boating on Missouri lakes and waterways, it is important to understand the truth about how many Missouri boat accidents occur.
In 2012 (the most recent year for which complete statistics are available), there were 141 Missouri recreational boat accidents. Only six states experienced more recreational boat accidents in 2012, and only three of those states experienced substantially more accidents. Those states included Florida with 662 accidents, California with 365 accidents, Texas with 162 accidents, Tennessee with 147 accidents, Maryland with 145 accidents, and North Carolina with 145 accidents. It is important to note that Tennessee is the only other landlocked state on this list. All of the other states border ocean waters, and many have a more favorable year-round climate for boating.
What Happened on US Waters and Here in Missouri in 2012
In 2012, the United States Coast Guard identified at least 23 different primary reasons for accidents in the United States. The 141 Missouri boat accidents that were reported occurred for a number of reasons. However, only five primary reasons were the cause of 10 or more accidents each. Those causes included:
- Collisions with a fixed object
- Collisions with a recreational vessel.
- Falls on a vessel
- Flooding or swamping
- Skier mishaps
Numerous other causes were reasons for nine or fewer Missouri boat accidents in 2012.
Why You Need to Know This Information
As a Missouri boater, this information is important and may help with your safety plans. It is also important to know that, if you have been injured in a boat accident in Missouri, you may be able to recover damages if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions.
For more information, we encourage you to contact an experienced Missouri boat accident lawyer today at (573) 240-8866 or via this website to schedule an initial consultation.