Skip to content


Free Consultation

Factors that contribute to boating accidents, injuries and deaths

Boating can be dangerous, and most people instantly think of drowning as the number one concern. While this is a real concern, it’s also important to look at all of the factors that contribute to injuries and deaths on the water. These can help to show where the fault really lies, which is important when determining if a wrongful death case is warranted in New York.

The 2014 report showed that alcohol use was one of the leading factors noted. It showed up in 277 total accident, which then led to 248 injuries and 108 deaths. Interestingly, it contrasts with drug use, which was not mentioned often. Drugs were only noted in eight accidents, leading to six injuries and seven deaths.

Two of the biggest contributing factors were related: Operator inattention and improper lookout. Operator inattention was linked to 563 different accidents, leading to 370 injuries and 38 deaths. Improper lookout was cited in connection with 431 accidents, and it led to 321 injuries and 26 deaths.

It’s worth noting that some of these accidents could overlap, as they may have multiple contributing factors. For example, someone could keep an improper lookout and get in an accident because he or she had been drinking. Similarly, a person who used drugs could then not pay proper attention while boating due to the impact of the drugs.

On the whole, there were 2,289 accidents that were reported. In these, 1,758 people were injured, and 267 people lost their lives.

If you have lost a loved one in a boating accident, it is wise to look into the different types of compensation that you may deserve. Please check out our site to learn more.


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”