What can cause a boat accident?
Factors can include speeding, intoxication of the driver, inexperience, equipment malfunction, and dangerous conditions among other factors.
When is an official accident report required?
When there is serious injury, death or significant material damage. Other situations requiring an accident report include a totaled watercraft, a capsized craft, a person overboard, boat collision, fire or explosion on board, if a boat sinks, a lost boat, or if a person or boat disappears.
What about alcohol?
Alcohol is a contributor in 1/3 of recreation boating accidents. Although drunk automobile driving is more strictly enforced, operating a watercraft under the influence is just as, if not more, dangerous. Driving a boat while intoxicated is still a crime.