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What are the Most Common Causes of Boating Accidents?


The area around Nashville is full of lakes, rivers, and other waterways for people to enjoy. Center Hill, Dale Hollow, Percy Priest, and Old Hickory are just a few of the places for residents and tourists alike to get out on the water. With more people boating in Tennessee, the risk for boating accidents also increases. The injuries caused by boating accidents can be devastating for victims, so it is important to understand what causes these accidents to begin with. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our boating accident attorneys are here to help. As a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain, Mitch Grissim is experienced in boat safety and operation. If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident in the Nashville area, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

What Causes Boating Accidents?

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, in 2018 there were over 240,000 registered boating vessels in the state. The most common type of boat involved in an accident was an open motorboat, and the most common type of accident was a collision with a vessel. There are many causes of a boating accident in Tennessee, but the following reasons lead to more accidents than others.

Improper Lookout

One of the most common causes of boating accidents was an improper lookout. Neither the boat operator or a designated lookout saw whatever object, condition, or hazard causes the accident. This can be due to laziness, distraction, or simply negligence. An improper lookout means that the boat can strike anything in the water and cause an accident without the opportunity to mitigate or avoid the crash. Accidents caused by improper lookout often result in very serious injuries.

Careless or Reckless Operation

Careless or reckless operation of the boating vessel also cause a number of accidents every year. This can be caused by an unlicensed driver operating the boat at the time of the accident, or a licensed driver who is simply acting recklessly because they think it is funny or fun to operate the boat carelessly. Careless or reckless operation of a boat often leads to accidents with other boats or people in the water, causing significant damages.

Alcohol Impairment

Alcohol impairment also causes many accidents on boats. Especially in the summer, when the temperature heats up and on weekends when the operator and passengers of boats do not need to go to work, alcohol is commonplace on boats. However, when the operator of a vessel is drinking it causes a delayed response and impaired cognitive function, which can lead to an accident on the water just as easily as it can lead to an accident behind the wheel of a car.

Let Us Help You Today

If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule an evaluation of your claims with one of our experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers.


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