It is not every day that you hear about boating crashes. Part of the reason for this is because there are simple rules to follow to stay safe, and the water allows for easier maneuverability than the roads.
Unfortunately, some boating collisions do still happen, and they can be extremely serious. There is a risk of drowning, suffering severe lacerations and many other injuries.
That’s the situation that a 17-year-old girl and her family were in when their personal watercraft was T-boned by another vehicle. According to the Aug. 17 news, the teen is fighting to prevent her leg from being amputated after she was sent airborne in the collision.
The other watercraft that struck the girl and her father was part of a guided tour going on in the area. The crash, which happened just before noon, was caused when a 31-year-old man violated a navigational rule and collided with them, according to the preliminary information from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The investigation is still ongoing now.
The teen initially had her peritoneal artery severed, and her foot lost all circulation and blood flow as a result. She has been in the intensive care unit and already had three surgeries at the time of this report. Her tibia was broken, and she was missing a section of skin and flesh at the ankle.
The teen’s father also suffered serious injuries, ending up with a broken back and pelvis. Fortunately, he was not paralyzed in the collision.
A crash like this should not happen. Boaters are required to know, and to follow, the rules of navigating their vehicles on the water. If you are injured in a collision like this, remember that you can pursue a claim against the at-fault driver.