One type of injury that is common with boating accidents is traumatic brain injuries. Since many boating injuries occur at high rates of speed and usually without the use of safety devices like seat belts, traumatic brain and head injuries are not uncommon.
Traumatic brain injuries can also occur when boaters are knocked unconscious under water for long periods of time. The lack of oxygen to a person’s brain can cause negative and long-lasting effects.
Head and brain injuries are prevalent with boating accidents, but the primary types of boating injuries reported by the United States Coast Guard are lacerations, broken bones, scrapes and bruises, and sprains/strains. Many of the injuries sustained in boating accidents are a result of body parts coming into contact with the boat’s propeller. Also, when boaters fall out of their vessels, they can be exposed to many hazardous objects which can cause significant injuries.