According to national statistics published by the United States Coast Guard, their Recreational Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) indicates that in 2008, more than 700 people were reported killed in a boating accident, with alcohol use being the number one cause. An additional 3000+ were injured in a boating accident, with careless or reckless operation of a boat being the number one cause of boating accident injuries.

It is worth noting that of the more than 700 boating deaths, 510 were caused by drowning and in more than 450 of those accidents, the drowned boating accident victim was not wearing a life preserver or flotation device.

If you lost a loved one in a boating fatality or if you were injured in a watercraft or boating accident, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands boats, boating accidents and boat accident laws to ensure your rights and interests are protected.

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