Common Causes of Drowning

Posted By on Jun 16, 2017 | 0 comments


Drowning is probably one of the worst accidents that can happen to you while in the water. The lack of oxygen and the inhalation of foreign particles from the water can result into various complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, aspiration pneumonia, and even permanent brain damage and death.

But how can a person drown? Below are some of the most common causes of drowning accidents.

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents may happen because of many reasons, such as boat operator recklessness or negligence, collision with foreign objects like corals, and natural events such as large waves and storms. Drowning from boating accidents usually happen because the boat has capsized or a boat passenger has been ejected into the water.

The accidents become worse if the boat operators do not provide safety gears, such as lifejackets.

Lifeguard Negligence

Some drowning events can be prevented if the area has enough competent lifeguards. But sadly, there are instances where there are not enough lifeguards on duty or the lifeguards on duty are acting in a way that make them fail to do their jobs properly.

According to the website of the Indianapolis personal injury attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, P.C., nearly 20% of drowning deaths involving children occur in swimming pools where one or more certified lifeguards are on duty.

Premises Liability

Speaking of swimming pools, owners should also be responsible to ensure their premises’ safety. Swimming pools should have fences to prevent accidental slipping and drowning. They should also be maintained to avoid defects in facilities and mold buildup. If the owners have failed to do these things and someone has been injured, they may be held accountable, because of the legal concept premises liability.

Swimmer Negligence or Recklessness

Boat operators, lifeguards, and swimming pool owners are not just the ones solely responsible for the safety of swimmers. Swimmers can get injured in an accident because of their own faults. The least they can do is to avoid reckless behaviors, such as swimming while intoxicated or speeding in a jet ski, and negligent behaviors, such as failing to supervise their children and disregarding warning signs.

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