Boating can be a lot of fun. No matter if you are fishing, water skiing or just spending time on the water, you are sure to enjoy yourself as long as you remain safe.

Unfortunately, just the same as the roadways, people are involved in boating accidents from time to time. These accidents have the potential to cause a lot of damage to the boats, as well as serious injury or even death to its occupants.

Here are some of the most common causes of boat accidents:

– Operator inexperience. An inexperienced boater is one who is more likely to be involved in an accident.

– Operator distraction. Operating a motor vehicle requires attention on the road at all times. When operating a boat, you should always be watching the water. Don’t be thinking about landing a big fish. Don’t be thinking about who is calling you on the phone.

– Weather. There are times when bad weather can cause an accident. For example, high winds and heavy rain can be extremely dangerous.

– Equipment failure. Maintenance is a big part of owning a boat. If you neglect your watercraft, there could come a time when equipment failure becomes a problem. Subsequently, this can cause an accident.

These are just a few of the most common causes of boat accidents. It doesn’t matter who you are or what body of water you are on, it is imperative to do whatever it takes to remain safe. Being aware of others on the water can help you avoid dangerous situations that could cause an accident and injury.

Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department, “Top 10 Causes of Accidents on Arizona Waters,” accessed Aug. 25, 2015