Fatalities are most common when:
- The boat is an open vessel
- Weather is perfect and visibility is good
- The water is calm
- Wind is light
Although it may not seem right that most fatalities occur in the above conditions, there are reasons for that. Those reasons include:
- Boaters are more likely to be intoxicated in their boat on a beautiful day.
- More boats are on the water, so a collision is more likely.
- Negligence can lead to collisions with bridges or barriers in the water. When the water is calm, it may not break at a barrier in the water.
- A collision may occur due to another reason.
The most common cause is a boat that capsizes. When a boat capsizes, the passengers fall overboard. Many who file a lawsuit through a Minnesota boating accident attorney have been victims of a capsized boat they were a passenger on and they sustained some kind of injury from that incident.
Yes, there are very strict rules for operating a boat on Minnesota waters, but there are inexperienced drivers who ignore many of these rules and that results in severe injury or death.