Boating is fun for people of all ages, especially since Florida’s weather remains warm and pleasant throughout most of the year. While this is the case, injuries may occur when a boat capsizes or collides with another watercraft or stationary object.
Knowing the most common injuries that arise from these accidents can help you better understand the risk of boating.
1. Cuts and lacerations
Most boats use propellers to move through the water; they are sharp and spin quickly, making them quite dangerous to someone if they fall overboard. Propeller injuries range from deep cuts and lacerations to complete limb amputations.
The most common injury that occurs after a boating accident is drowning. When a boat collides with something, it may capsize or result in those on board going overboard. Even if you are a strong swimmer, drowning may occur due to exhaustion or disorientation due to the impact.
3. Whiplash injuries
Whiplash injuries occur if the body and head move quickly and violently, which causes strain on the neck. They can occur if a boat makes an abrupt stop or sharp turn while speeding. While injuries can vary, whiplash can cause mild muscle strain or a more serious fatal injury.
4. Brain injuries
Boating accidents are a major cause of brain injuries in Florida and the U.S. These usually occur when the victim is underwater for long periods of time and deprived of oxygen. They may also occur when someone hits their head against a solid object during a collision.
Your options for recovery after a boating accident
While boating is a great way to spend the day, it can also cause serious injuries. If you are injured in a boating accident, you have rights. One right is to recover compensation from the at-fault party. Knowing your legal options is the best way to protect them.