It is a well-known fact that Minnesotans adore the warmer weather and the longer daylight hours that come with summer. Once June hits, people from all over Minnesota travel to the water every chance they get. After all, what better way is there to beat the heat than by swimming in the 10,000 lakes Minnesota has to offer?
With summer here, and people enjoying our waters, comes a higher risk of injury. The crowds on beaches, in lakes, and rivers means accidents can occur both in and out of the water. If you find yourself affected by a boating accident, there are a few things that you should know.
1. Boating Accidents and Car Accidents Produce Many Similar Injuries.
Alcohol use, extreme speeds, and dangerous conditions are all common causes for car accidents, but these are the same culprits for boating accidents as well. The most common types of injuries sustained from boating accidents are contusions, bumps and bruises, broken bones, and head injuries. However, boats do not have the same amount of protection as motor vehicles do, so there are more impact-related accidents with boats than with automobiles.
2. After You Receive Medical Attention, Document Everything You Can.
Once your injuries have been treated by a professional, it is imperative that your write down and photograph everything related to the incident. Take photos of any bruises, damages, or injuries you have received. Also, write down how the accident happened and any witness names and numbers. This information will help to complete an investigation because there are two key aspects to every case: who caused the accident, and what the resulting injuries entail.
For more information regarding boating accidents, please call Mark W. Malzahn at 763-421-2160 for a free consultation.