Number of recreational boating accidents in the U.S. in 2017, by primary contributing factor

Recreational boating accidents by primary contributing factor in the U.S. 2017 The statistic depicts the number of recreational boating accidents in the U.S. according to the primary contributing factor of the accident in 2017. In 269 cases, excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident.
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Primary cause of accidentNumber of accidents
Operator inattention620
Improper lookout471
Operator inexperience436
Machinery failure305
Alcohol use275
Excessive speed269
Navigation rules violation257
Weather198
Hazardous waters187
Force of wave/wake169
Ignition of spilled fuel or vapor63
Equipment failure55
Hull failure54
Sharp turn51
Restricted vision45
Overloading39
Improper loading/weight distribution38
People on Gunwale, bow or transom35
Improper Anchoring31
Failure to ventilate31
Missing or inadequate navigation aids28
Congested waters25
Sudden medical condition23
Dam/lock15
Inadequate on-board navigation lights11
Drug use10
Starting in gear4
Carbon monoxide exposure3
Other301
Unknown242
Primary cause of accidentNumber of accidents
Operator inattention620
Improper lookout471
Operator inexperience436
Machinery failure305
Alcohol use275
Excessive speed269
Navigation rules violation257
Weather198
Hazardous waters187
Force of wave/wake169
Ignition of spilled fuel or vapor63
Equipment failure55
Hull failure54
Sharp turn51
Restricted vision45
Overloading39
Improper loading/weight distribution38
People on Gunwale, bow or transom35
Improper Anchoring31
Failure to ventilate31
Missing or inadequate navigation aids28
Congested waters25
Sudden medical condition23
Dam/lock15
Inadequate on-board navigation lights11
Drug use10
Starting in gear4
Carbon monoxide exposure3
Other301
Unknown242
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The statistic depicts the number of recreational boating accidents in the U.S. according to the primary contributing factor of the accident in 2017. In 269 cases, excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident.
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Release date
May 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017

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