Typically occurring at high speed, water skiing injuries are sadly almost always traumatic. Here are some of the most common injuries caused by high-speed water skiing accidents.
Common water skiing injuries
Most water skiing injuries are caused by collisions with:
- Boats or other skiers
- Sandbars, rocks or other submerged obstacles
The most common water skiing injuries include:
- Ankle strains and sprains caused by undue pressure being placed on the ankles during falls
- Lacerations to the head and neck
Shoulder strains and sprains are also comparatively common.
Causes of water skiing accidents
Accidents while water skiing are often caused by lack of:
- Care and attention
- Understanding of local water and wind conditions
- Understanding of local tide times and heights
Excessive speeds are also common causes of water ski accidents.
Injuries while water skiing can often be prevented by:
- Getting water skiing lessons
- Following instructions and safety advice
- Communicating with boat users and other skiers with regards to water skiing boundaries
- Using licensed water ski operators and separate observers
- Informing yourself in terms of tide heights and times, as well as local water and wind conditions
- Keeping speeds at safe levels for your level of experience
Sometimes, even the most experienced, well-informed and careful water skiers suffer water skiing-related injuries. In many cases, the accidents leading to such injuries were caused by others.
Claiming for a water skiing injury
If you sustained an injury while water skiing because someone else was careless or even reckless, you could qualify for water skiing injury compensation. Getting water sports accident advice can help you:
- Determine whether you have a claim or not
- Assess your chance of making a successful claim
- Establish who is liable for your water sports accident
- Find out what evidence you need to support your claim
Accident Advice Helpline
With more than 15 years’ experience in processing water skiing accident claims, we can provide you with this kind of advice. We can also ensure you have an optimal chance of successfully claiming for compensation by providing you with the services of one of our in-house solicitors.
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Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice