A boat accident can happen for many reasons. While the cause is important, what really matters is the well being of the people involved in the accident.

If you are a boater or plan on operating a boat in the future, you must know what it takes to prevent accidents. Not only does this keep you safe, but it also helps others on the water avoid trouble.

Here are some of the most overlooked reasons of boating accidents:

– Speeding during nighttime hours. When the sky turns dark, it is even more important to obey the rules of the water. This means driving at a safe speed at all times.

– Failing to use lights at night. How can you expect other boaters to see you if you aren’t using the lights on your boat?

– Lack of safety gear. You are required to have safety gear onboard at all times. Neglecting to do so could lead to big trouble in the event of an accident.

– Drinking and driving. Most people understand how dangerous it can be to drink and drive a motor vehicle. What they don’t understand is that the same holds true when it comes to operating a boat.

These are just some of the many reasons why boat accidents remain a major problem throughout the country, especially in states where there is access to many bodies of water.

As a boater, you should do your best to avoid trouble on the water. If an accident does occur, receive the proper medical attention and then look into who was responsible.

Source: United States Coast Guard Boating Safety, “11 Top Causes of Boating Accidents,” accessed Nov. 09, 2015