Water travel is becoming increasingly popular, rather for work, transportation or pleasure. At any given time there are various size vessels in the waterways. There are private yachts, fishing boats, Navy ships, and cruise ships. With the increase in water traffic there is an increase in injuries from boating accidents. The Coast Guard enforces certain rules for the operation of the water vessel, much like local and state police enforce traffic laws. If an accident occurs a determination must be made as to whether the rules of the waterway were followed or whether there was negligence on the part of any involved in the accident.
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