What Are Common Injuries Resulting From Boating Accidents?

Boats are large watercraft vehicles designed with minimal protection for passengers – who can become seriously injured in a collision. Below is a list of common injuries that occur due to boating accidents:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Severe bruising
  • Drowning
  • Concussions
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis

How Do Boating Accidents Occur?

Like motor vehicle accidents, boating collisions can occur for a number of reasons. Fortunately, most boating accidents are and can be completely avoidable. The most common causes of boating accidents include the following:

  • Impaired Boaters:

Many boaters enjoy consuming alcoholic beverages before or while driving a watercraft. Not only is boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs against the law, but it is an extremely dangerous practice that can leave passengers at risk for serious injury.

  • Boaters Who Lack Experience:

A boat’s maneuverability is far different from that of a motor vehicle. For this reason, an inexperienced boater can jeopardize the safety of passengers aboard the boat and passengers of other boats.

  • Distracted Boaters:

A boater can become cognitively, visually and physically distracted – just like the driver of a car can become unfocused in various ways. Boaters who talk on their cell phones, text, eat or participate in any other distracting activities, jeopardize the safety of passengers.