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Boating Accidents and Injuries

Since the early 1990s, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of personal watercraft, or PWCs, and boats on the nation’s lakes, rivers, and ponds. Not surprisingly, with this increase there has also been a rise in the number of accidents involving the water.

The causes of boating accidents are similar to the causes of car accidents. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, consumption of alcohol, and careless operation are all common causes of accidents involving boats and other PWCs. The increase in injuries can be due to all of these things as well as an increase in the speed capabilities and power of the vehicles out on the water.

The injuries associated with boating accidents are as varied as those linked to car accidents. The one major difference is the possibility of drowning when on a boat. Broken bones, cuts and scrapes, head trauma, and death all occur in accidents involving a boat.

Boats can be involved in accidents with other boats or with other, stationary objects. Common stationary objects involved in accidents include docks, rocks, and buoys. Docking accidents are not rare but typically occur at a lower speed than an accident involving shallow rocks or another boat. This difference is due to the fact that boats are supposed to be going much more slowly when docking than when they are out on the open water.

Contact a Cincinnati Boat Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by the operator of a boat, contact the Cincinnati personal injury attorneys of Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733 to discuss your injury and to determine your legal options.

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6071 Montgomery Road
CincinnatiOH 45213
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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
(513) 321-7733

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