Boating accidents and car accidents are different, not only when it comes to the data about and nature of the accidents themselves, but also when it comes to the litigation aspect. Litigating boating and car accident cases differs based on assessment of jurisdiction and application of maritime law. This article will go over the way these differences work, as well as how these differences pertain to liability.
But first, a look at both:
Car accidents, as you may have guessed, are far more common than boating accidents. According to the CDC, accidents in general are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., with transportation accidents accounting for 32% of accidental deaths. Of those transportation-related accidental deaths, motor vehicle accidents or highway fatalities account for 93% of those.