Section VI

Accident Data Charts

2000 California Boating Safety Report

Chart 25
Fatalities by Cause of Accident

Total Causes = 84
Total Fatalities = 51

Operator inattention played a role in 35% of all fatalities, followed by operator inexperience (31%) overloading/improper loading (20%).

Many PWC-related accidents had more than one cause, which is reflected in this chart. The "Other" category includes causes that do not fit into any of the categories listed above.

California Division of Boating and Waterways, May 2001