2003 California Boating Safety Report

Section 6

Accident Data Charts


The charts in this section are designed to provide general statewide information on boating accidents.  Three groups of charts give information on:

•  All Accidents

•  PWC Accidents

•  Fatal Accidents.

Charts for All Accidents

Some charts are organized by the number of accidents, which totaled 963.  Other charts are organized by the number of vessels involved in accidents, which totaled 1,344.  The totals listed on the charts Type of Accident (Chart 8) and Cause of Accident (Chart 9) exceed the total number of accidents because many accidents fell into more than one category.  The chart Operators Involved in All Accidents by Age (Chart 6) shows a total of 1,344 vessels.  The chart also shows a total of 1,186, which indicates the total number of operators, as 158 vessels involved in accidents did not have operators.

Charts for PWC Accidents

The totals listed on the charts Open Motorboat/PWC — Type of Accident (Chart 15) and Open Motorboat/PWC — Cause of Accident (Chart 16) exceed the total number of PWC accidents, which was 261, because many accidents fell into more than one category.

Charts for Fatal Accidents

Totals on most of the charts containing information for fatal accidents add up to the total number of fatalities, which was 61.  Other charts are organized by the total number of vessels involved in fatal accidents, which was 66.  The total listed on the chart Fatalities by Cause of Accident (Chart 25) exceeds the total number of fatalities because many accidents involving fatalities fell into more than one category.


List of Accident Data Charts

(click name to view each chart)

Chart 1 — Accidents by Month

Chart 2 — Accidents by Day of the Week

Chart 3 — Accidents by Time of Day

Chart 4 — Vessels Involved in
     All Accidents by Type

Chart 5 — Vessels Involved in
     All Accidents by Length

Chart 6 — Operators Involved in
     All Accidents by Age

Chart 7 — Operation at Time of Accident

Chart 8 — Type of Accident

Chart 9 — Cause of Accident

Chart 10 — Accident Locations

Chart 11 — Water Skiing Accidents

Chart 12 — Rented Vessels Involved in
     All Accidents by Type

Chart 13 — Vessels, PWC, and Open
     Motorboats Involved in Accidents

Chart 14 — Open Motorboats/PWC - Operators
     Involved in Accidents by Age

Chart 15 — Open Motorboats/PWC -
     Type of Accident

Chart 16 — Open Motorboats/PWC -
     Cause of Accident

Chart 17 — Fatalities by Month

Chart 18 — Fatalities by Day of the Week

Chart 19 — Fatalities by Time of Day

Chart 20 — Fatalities by Type of Vessel

Chart 21 — Fatalities by Length of Vessel

Chart 22 — Operators Involved in
     Fatal Accidents by Age

Chart 23 — Fatalities by Operation at
     Time of Accident

Chart 24 — Fatalities by Type of Accident

Chart 25 — Fatalities by Cause of Accident

Chart 26 — Fatalities by Accident Location

Chart 27 — Fatalities by Age of Victim

Chart 28 — Fatalities by Cause of Death