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What are common boating accidents?

A lot of boating accidents happen because people just are not that familiar with their boats. They may only take them out a few times a year, or they may be driving boats owned by other people, not even having craft of their own. No matter why an accident happens, though, research has shown that it will most likely fit into one of the following categories:

-- Capsizing.-- A person going overboard.-- Improper loading or overloading of the boat.-- Not watching where the boat is going -- also known as having an improper forward watch.-- Not taking weather into account.-- Using fuel in an unsafe manner.

Naturally, a lot of these categories can be combined in one accident. For instance, if no one is watching the front of the craft and it strikes a rock just below the surface, the boat could tip violently. If it goes all the way over, that is also a capsizing accident. If it stays upright but one person is thrown out, that is a man overboard situation.

Likewise, ignoring the weather conditions can cause a boat to capsize or it can toss someone from the craft. When a storm sweeps in, it may come on so suddenly that the boat cannot outrun it, and huge waves can quickly be too much for an inexperienced captain.

There are boating accidents on the lakes in Pennsylvania every summer. If you are hurt in an accident that is not your fault, or if a loved one passes away, you may be entitled to compensation.

Source: National Association of Rescue Divers, "Common Boating Accidents," accessed May. 01, 2015

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