Table 3 - Recreational Boating Accidents Due to Operator Error: 1999

Table 3 - Recreational Boating Accidents Due to Operator Error: 1999

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Cause Accidents
Operator inattention 983
Operator inexperience 947
Careless/reckless operation 830
Excessive speed 676
No proper lookout 588
Alcohol use 337
Passenger/skier behavior 333
Restricted vision 118
Rules of the road infraction 93
Sharp turn 86
Improper loading 68
Overloading 56
Improper anchoring 48
Off throttle steering-jet 42
Standing/sitting on gunwale, bow, or transom 30
Lack of or improper boat lights 21
Failure to vent 15
Drug use 3
Starting in gear 2
Number of accidents 5,276

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, personal communication, February 2001.