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What makes small boats particularly dangerous?

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2020 | Boating Accidents

Small boats can be fun for many but dangerous as well. U.S. Army data shows that more than 80% of all boating fatalities occur in boats that are less than 26 feet long. Individuals who skipper smaller boats generally have limited boating experience and aren’t very familiar with standard boating safety precaution procedures.

Many times boating accidents occur because the operators do not believe the rules of operating a motor vehicle apply to the water. They may be under the influence, operate the boat at an excessive speed or use it recklessly.

Smaller boats are more prone to filling up with water due to wave size or boat ratio issues. Smaller boats can quickly fill up with water without the proper pumping equipment to alleviate the problem. Consequently, water can enter and damage the control panels, thereby leaving the boat inoperable.

Capsizing is an issue for smaller boats. It’s a problem because of these water vessels’ lack of freeboard, or the distance between the waterline and the main deck. The risk of a capsizing incident increases the more overloaded a boat is with passengers, food or equipment. A small boat can be prone to capsizing if a boat operator exceeds their vessel’s maximum load capacity.

There are a lot of dangers that can come from mixing humans with water. Boating injuries tend to be more serious than other ones as a result. If you suffered injuries in a boating accident in New York, then you might be entitled to monetary damages. An attorney who is keen on standing up to negligent boat owners is who you’ll want to represent you in your Manhattan case if you hope to recover the monetary award you deserve.