Table 3 - Recreational Boating Accidents Due to Operator Error: 2000 

Table 3 - Recreational Boating Accidents Due to Operator Error: 2000

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Cause Accidents
Operator inattention 959
Careless/reckless operation 907
Operator inexperience 905
Excessive speed 630
No proper lookout 602
Alcohol use 346
Passenger/skier behavior 303
Restricted vision 116
Rules of the road infraction 107
Sharp turn 48
Overloading 47
Improper anchoring 42
Standing/sitting on gunwale, bow or transom 33
Failure to ventilate 19
Lack of or improper boat lights 14
Off throttle steering-jet 9
Starting in gear 4
Drug use 3
Number of accidents 5,094

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics 2000 (Washington, DC: 2001).