Body boarding accidents can cause significant and painful injuries. The surrounding ocean environment makes staying safe more important than ever. Of course, the primary purpose of body boarding is to have fun. Catching the right wave and rushing into shore provides a fantastic surge of adrenalin. It’s also a great way of getting children used to, and confident in, the water.
Whether you head to the coast for regular weekends or tend to body board a couple of times a year on holiday, it’s fun for all the family. That said, watersports accidents can have serious, even tragic, consequences. Even the most innocuous-looking accident in the water can sour the memory of your holiday and body boarding adventure.
What are the most common causes of body boarding accidents?
- The Sea
As natural environments go, the sea is probably the most unpredictable going. There is simply no telling what is going to happen from one moment to the next. Of course, predictions and forecasts can be made, and tide times are pretty accurate, but everything can still change at a moment’s notice.
This is particularly the case on windy days. Strong winds can dramatically affect the size and power of swells and waves. Not only that, winds can also change the pattern of the waves, where they reach the breaking point and the direction in which they flow.
Weather conditions will also impact the strength and pull of underwater currents. This can lead to an individual being dragged out to sea and drowning or pulled into rocks leading to severe scrapes and cuts.
- Other People
The most popular body boarding beaches in the UK can get very crowded. This can easily lead to body boarding accidents, especially amongst inexperienced boarders. Travelling at speed on top of the water, you may not be able to steer or react in time to avoid a collision.
Not only that but if you are knocked off your board, you have next to no control over what happens next. From tangled leashes to a board in the face, body boarding accidents can be both dangerous and painful.
If you are injured on holiday in a body boarding accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due injury compensation. Say you were injured because of faulty equipment, or the reckless actions of someone else, then you may have a claim to make.
Claiming for a holiday accident
Call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline to get your injury compensation claim started today. There’s no obligation, dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to get advice on making a claim.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice