Number of recreational boating accidents in the U.S. in 2016, by primary contributing factor

Recreational boating accidents by primary contributing factor in the U.S. 2016 The statistic depicts the number of recreational boating accidents in the U.S. according to the primary contributing factor of the accident in 2016. In 360 cases, excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident.
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Primary cause of accidentNumber of accidents
Operator inattention597
Operator inexperience480
Improper lookout475
Excessive speed360
Machinery failure323
Alcohol use282
Weather214
Navigation rules violation213
Hazardous waters205
Force of wave/wake160
Restricted vision71
Sharp turn59
Ignition of spilled fuel or vapor56
Equipment failure52
Improper loading/weight distribution51
Hull failure44
Congested waters38
Overloading37
Missing or inadequate navigation aids34
Failure to ventilate33
Improper Anchoring30
Sudden medical condition27
People on Gunwale, bow or transom27
Inadequate on-board navigation lights17
Drug use10
Dam/lock9
Starting in gear3
Carbon monoxide exposure2
Other352
Unknown202
Primary cause of accidentNumber of accidents
Operator inattention597
Operator inexperience480
Improper lookout475
Excessive speed360
Machinery failure323
Alcohol use282
Weather214
Navigation rules violation213
Hazardous waters205
Force of wave/wake160
Restricted vision71
Sharp turn59
Ignition of spilled fuel or vapor56
Equipment failure52
Improper loading/weight distribution51
Hull failure44
Congested waters38
Overloading37
Missing or inadequate navigation aids34
Failure to ventilate33
Improper Anchoring30
Sudden medical condition27
People on Gunwale, bow or transom27
Inadequate on-board navigation lights17
Drug use10
Dam/lock9
Starting in gear3
Carbon monoxide exposure2
Other352
Unknown202

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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 2016. In 360 cases, excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident.
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Release date
May 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016

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