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When Your Boating Trip Goes Up the River: Common Injuries Boaters Experience


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6/23/2015
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On hot summer days, the Boise River is filled with boaters. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that some of them will go home after their days on the water with injuries.

Most Frequent Boating Injuries

Operating kayaks, canoes, pontoons, fishing boats, and any other type of watercraft puts you at risk for getting into a crash. Accidents occur for a variety of reasons and unfortunately, they can leave you with serious and devastating injuries, such as:

  • Hypothermia. Boise waters take a long time to heat up after our harsh winters. As a result, some boaters get on our rivers and lakes before the water temperature is safe for swimmers. When boating accidents occur and folks fall into the water, they can experience hypothermia, which can be life threatening.
  • Head injuries. Hitting your head on the side of the boat when someone collides into you can cause traumatic brain injuries. Not only can these injuries cause severe damage, but can become fatal if you are knocked unconscious and fall into the water.
  • Lacerations and amputations. Colliding with another boat can put you in contact with the propeller of your boat or the other boat involved. As a result, you could experience severe lacerations and massive blood loss. The propeller may even sever a limb. 
  • Drowning. Falling into the water unexpectedly puts even the most experienced swimmers at risk, especially if they aren’t wearing lifejackets. Icy, rough, and strong waters can become too much for any one to take on.

Boating Accident Victims Have Rights

When you or a loved one is hurt in a boating accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and time lost from work. The Morton Law Offices may be able to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today to learn how.



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