Paddleboarding has gained immense popularity as a recreational activity in Ohio, providing a serene and enjoyable experience on the water. However, the increasing number of incidents involving reckless boaters and jet skiers harming to paddleboarders is a matter of concern.
The risks of reckless boating
Reckless boating refers to the negligent and dangerous behavior exhibited by some boaters, including excessive speed, distracted boat driving, failure to follow navigation rules and impaired operation due to alcohol or drugs. Paddleboarders, often vulnerable and less visible on the water, are easy targets for accidents when approached by reckless or distracted people driving boats and jet skis.
Collisions between paddleboards and motorboats can result in severe injuries, ranging from fractures and lacerations to head trauma and spinal cord damage. Some people on paddleboards may not survive. The aftermath of such incidents can be physically, emotionally and financially overwhelming for victims and their families.
What to do after a crash on a paddleboard
If you have been injured by a reckless boater or jet skier while paddleboarding, learn about your legal rights and the personal injury claims process. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages suffered from the incident.
It is equally important to pursue legal action to help raise awareness about these types of accidents. Educating people who share the water with paddleboarders need to know the rules about navigation, sharing waterways, avoiding accidents and protecting others on the water.