Section VI

Accident Data Charts

2000 California Boating Safety Report

Chart 8
Type of Accident

Total Types = 1,021
Total Accidents = 906

By far, vessels colliding with other vessels were the most common type of accident, accounting for 38% of all accidents.

Some accidents are represented by more than one accident type, which accounts for the accident types exceeding the number of accidents. An example of such an accident is when an operator falls overboard and is then struck by another vessel. Such an accident would be represented in both the "Falls Overboard" category and the "Struck by Boat/Propeller" category, since both of these occurrences were significant components of the accident.

California Division of Boating and Waterways, May 2001