Minnesota is known for our gorgeous lakes and rivers. It is no surprise that boating is such a popular summer pastime for thousands of locals in the summer. However, boating season also has a dark side. Every year sees multiple deaths in boating accidents throughout the state. According to a recent analysis, speeding is one of the most common causes of boat-related accidents and deaths.

A study of boat accidents

Researchers examined the data from state boating crashes from 2005 to 2015 to identify key patterns and trends. According to their data, speeding boaters frequently contributed to accidents. On Lake Minnetonka, Prior Lake and Gull Lake, for example, excessive speed was the most common cause of all collisions. On other major waterways including the St. Croix River and Lake Mille Lacs, officials cited speeding as one of the leading cause of accidents.

Tips for avoiding crashes

Fortunately, safety officials have several guidelines that boaters can follow to reduce the risk of speed-related accidents. To avoid crashes, be sure to:

  • Drive slower than you think you need to
  • Be aware of other boaters
  • Look 360 degrees at your surroundings
  • Yield to boaters who have the right of way
  • Comply with local and state boating regulations

Even the most cautious boater may face an accident. Another boater may behave recklessly or negligently, which results in an accident that is no fault of your own.

How to hold speeders accountable

Boat crashes, sadly, often lead to serious injuries that have lifelong repercussions. If you survive a boat accident caused by a driver who was speeding, you may need to recover compensation for your damages. You have the right to speak to a personal injury attorney about your accident. Working with an attorney can go a long way toward holding reckless drivers accountable in a court of law and toward discouraging other boaters from speeding.