Taking to the waters, driving a boat, is one of the most luxurious ways to rejuvenate in your free time. While, depending on the type of boat, driving a boat may be physically demanding, it is most definitely one of the best ways to escape the humdrum of daily life and refresh the senses.
Of course, slips, trips and falls when driving a boat are common, given the nature of the task at hand, however, what are the specific sailing accidents that aspiring sailors should be aware of? We take a look.
What are the common accidents when driving a boat?
Wherever you are in the world, the risks surrounding driving a boat remain. While some hazards may be less of a threat in sunnier climes, for example winds and wet weather, you must always remain vigilant, assertive and respectful of the of the ocean’s power.
Typically, the five most common accidents when driving a boat are caused by:
- Poor forward watch
- Falls from the boat, or man overboard
- Adverse weather conditions
- Lack of experience or unsafe driving of boat
While this is not an extensive list and accidents can occur due to improper fuel practices and sailing under the influence of alcohol, an awareness of these common accidents when driving a boat can help minimise the risk of boat-related injuries and illnesses.
Can I claim compensation for accidents when driving a boat?
If you have been involved in an accident when driving a boat, such as a slip, fall or something more severe, and you believe you are not to blame for the incident in question, you may want to seek advice regarding a claim for personal injury compensation.
All sport-related accidents are unique, which is why Accident Advice Helpline offers a free initial consultation regarding your accident to help determine where liability may lie and establish your eligibility to claim.
How do I get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline?
For more information on the claims process, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Our freephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following the call.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice