My doctor said the extent of my injuries favored me due to my musculature and lifejacket which was essentially held my upper chest together. We reviewed the x-rays and if the impact had been to the right one inch on my spine, it could have been a catastrophic injury.
My body isn't the same as before the accident, my left side is weaker than my right, my posture and walking structure isn't balanced. I can only sleep on my left side now. Economically it was a disaster for me, my work was reliant on my physical body. Recreational boating was not fun anymore, I became defensive, cautious. I knew the person who hit me, they got 'out of control' and didn't realize I was hurt and continued on their way.
The person driving a boat needs to understand the function controls and handling aspect of their craft. The boat itself isn't dangerous, but the people driving them sure can be. Evaluate your history, you can change, but you need to take inventory on what you can change and if you are setting yourself or others up for a 'close call' or a 911 call. (cont.)