The boating season is upon us in Orlando, Florida. This means that more and more people will be out on their watercraft on the rivers, lakes, and ponds. Planning a day trip to go fishing? Want to spend a few hours water skiing? If so, you need to protect yourself as much as possible while on the water. Below, you will find the most common Orlando boating accident injuries.

A head injury is the most common type of injury boaters and passengers suffer in Florida. You can easily be tossed about a watercraft that is in an accident or hits a wake too hard. You could also be thrown from the boat. All of these accidents can lead to injuries to your head.

Another common boating injury is that of a broken bone. If you are thrown about on the boat, you could slam into the center console or the side walls. This could easily lead to a broken arm or leg.

You might not think it’s possible, but you could also suffer whiplash when in a boating accident. The sheer force of the watercraft coming to a quick stop or being hit can cause your head to swing back and forth with force, leading to whiplash.

Sunstroke is also a concern when out on the water. Sitting in the sun, with no shade for hours on end can cause sunstroke if you do not stay hydrated, apply sunscreen or try to keep cool.

Suffering an injury while boating can be devastating. You could wind up paralyzed, having a limb amputated or in a coma. The severity of your injury can greatly impact your ability to work and support your family. Play it safe this summer and protect yourself while on the water.