Boating Accidents: Will you be Ready?

Millions of people enjoy boating and all of its associated recreational activities every year, and while the percentages of boating accidents might appear to be many times safer than driving an automobile, accidents do happen.

Unfortunately, if you’re involved in a boating accident your odds of being killed or injured are many times higher than if you were in an automobile accident.

Here’s a few statistics just to give you an idea of some basic numbers about vehicle and boating accidents. (Some figures have been rounded off and represent 2012 and 2013 national statistics.)

There are 12 million-plus registered boats; 231 million-plus registered passenger vehicles.

Number of reported accidents: 4,062 for boats; 11 million-plus for vehicles.

Ratio of accidents: 1 in 3,000 for boats; 1 in 21 for vehicles.

Number of deaths: 560 for boat accidents; 33,561 for vehicle accidents.

Odds of being killed: 1 in 7 (14 percent) for boat accidents; 1 in 328 (.003 percent) for vehicle accidents.

Number of injuries: 2,620 for boat accidents; 2.36 million for vehicle accidents.

Odds of being injured: 1 in 1.5 (67 percent) for boat accidents; 1 in 5 (20 percent) for vehicle accidents.

Click here to read the complete article "At the Helm: Boating accidents: Will you be ready?" from the Valley Morning Star.