When the weather’s warm, people head for the oceans, rivers, and lakes for some exciting summer fun. If a boat or jet ski is involved, these trips are even more enjoyable. Like most pastimes, though, there can be a downside. A water vehicle accident can happen more often than you may think.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2015, 4158 boating accidents occurred, causing 2,613 injuries and 626 deaths. Jet ski use counted for even more accidents and injuries. These water vehicle accidents can cause the same types of trauma as car and truck collisions do. After a boat or jet ski accident, you need to visit Onyx Imaging for needed X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.

Types of Injuries

You may associate boating accidents primarily with drowning, but many other injuries can happen on the water, particularly in crowded areas where you have no room to make a mistake. In addition to bone fractures, cuts and abrasions, you may also experience the following:

Spinal Compression

When a boat is driven too fast or otherwise recklessly, it can rise and then hit the water hard, repeatedly. Experts liken this effect to being on an elevator that comes to a screeching halt. You can suffer spinal compression as a result and/or herniated discs. Back injuries are painful and can cause permanent disability if not properly diagnosed and treated. Proper imaging is a necessity in these instances.


When boats collide, they can cause your neck to hyper-extend backward and forward, causing severe strain to the muscles and ligaments in your neck, a condition known as whiplash. In fact, boaters are often not restrained in any way, so a water collision could easily cause more damage than a car crash. Symptoms of this soft tissue injury may not appear for hours or days. Immediate imaging can help identify this issue and allow you to get prompt and effective treatment.

Traumatic Brain Injury

You are not safe from TBI while on the water. Being in a jet ski or boating accident can throw you up against the exterior of another vehicle, a sandbar or debris. Boaters seldom wear protective headgear, leaving them vulnerable to concussions and more severe brain injuries. Even a collision with the water itself can cause head trauma by forcing your brain to hit the interior of your skull. Proper imaging is vital in the case of any head injury.

Onyx Imaging

Onyx Imaging can take care of you in a matter of hours. The expert staff will get you in promptly and can read your stats within four hours. You also never have to worry about insurance. Onyx performs medical imaging on a lien, meaning your bill is paid from your accident settlement. They have the latest technology so you can receive an expert diagnosis as soon as possible. At Onyx, you get the imaging you need without fighting endless bureaucracy.

Spending time on the water can be the best part of summer. Boats and jet skis are a part of many vacations and weekend recreation plans. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen. If you are involved in a water vehicle accident, call Onyx Imaging at 770-892-0153 (Stockbridge) or 470-440-1750 (Decatur). Or visit the website. At Onyx, you will get answers you need in just one day.