One of the fun things about living in the Sunshine State is the ease with which you can step out for an afternoon of boating. And there is no denying that boating can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy your summer afternoon – or your weekend.
Unfortunately, boating also comes with its share of accidents and injuries. Boating accidents happen when boats collide or capsize. When they happen, these accidents can result in serious injuries.
Here are common injuries you are likely to sustain following a boating accident.
Boating accidents are one of the major causes of brain injuries in the United States. Brain injuries usually happen when the accident victim is deprived of oxygen while underwater for an extended period. Brain injuries also happen when the victim hits their head against the wall or another vessel during a collision.
Just like brain injuries, whiplash injuries happen when the victim’s head and body move suddenly and violently resulting in a strain to the neck. Whiplash injuries happen when the vessel makes a sharp turn or an abrupt stop while speeding. Depending on the impact, whiplash can result in a mild muscle strain or a fatal injury.
Obviously, this is the most common injury you can suffer following a boating accident. During the collision, the vessel may capsize or occupants through overboard forcing them to swim to safety. Even if you can swim, you may drown due to exhaustion, disorientation or the injuries you sustained during the impact.
Cuts and lacerations
Boats rely on propellers to move. These propellers tend to be sharp and rotate quite fast making them extremely dangerous when an occupant is thrown overboard. These propellers can cause deep cuts or even limb amputations when you come into contact with them.
Boating is great fun. Unfortunately, accidents happen. If you are involved in a boating courtesy of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you understand your rights and options.