People in St. Petersburg know how to enjoy a day out on the water on boats and participating in water sports. However, with the influx of spring break tourists, there can be a substantial number of highly inexperienced and often intoxicated boaters out and about. These boaters put others in the area at risk of serious injury should a boating accident occur.
Boating Injuries Can Be Serious
People involved in boating accidents can sustain extremely serious and life-changing injuries, some of which may include:
- Spinal cord injury – Whether a person is on a boat or in the water when a collision occurs, any impact from a boat can be severe and can cause a person to go flying. If a victim hits any part of their spinal cord on anything, they can be diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, which requires immediate medical treatment and stabilization. In some cases, these injuries can result in paralysis.
- Traumatic brain injury – If a boating accident victim hits their head, they can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can be mild, moderate, or severe. All types of brain injuries can have serious effects and complications and severe TBI can leave a victim in an extended coma and with permanent disabilities.
- Other traumatic injuries – Other body parts can be damaged in boating accidents, including shattered or crushed limbs, torn ligaments or tendons, or even injuries to internal organs.
- Drowning – According to the Coast Guard, 610 people lost their lives in boating accidents in a single year in the U.S. Drowning is a huge risk in boating accidents, as people can be ejected from the boat or can be hit while in the water and lose consciousness.
Recovery After a Boating Injury
Boating accident victims can hold any negligent parties liable for their medical bills, permanent disabilities, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses following a crash. Some examples of negligence that can lead to liability include:
- Distracted boat operation
- Boating while intoxicated
- Reckless driving
- Excessive speeding
- Defective boats
Discuss Your Rights with Our St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyers Today
At the law firm of Berkowitz & Myer, we hope everyone enjoys their time on the water. However, if you are injured due to someone’s negligence, please call our St. Pete’s boating accident attorney for help at 727-344-0123 today.