While recreational boating is generally a very safe hobby, accidents do occasionally happen. If you are going boating, it's important that you learn about boating safety, and know how to use any equipment that you need. If you also make sure to always use your common sense, don't go boating when you're intoxicated and are courteous to other boaters, you should be able to minimize your chances of getting into an accident.
You are not always in control of getting into an accident unfortunately. You can take as many precautions as you want, but if another boater acts recklessly you might not be able to prevent an accident. If you get into a boating accident with another boat, this is what you should do:
- If your boat hasn't sunk and you are not injured yourself, take a look around to see if anyone's injured and needs first aid or other medical attention and try to provide it as best as you can.
- Notify the Coast Guard about the boating accident and be clear about any needed medical assistance. Try to clearly describe the location of the accident and the physical appearance of the involved boats.
- Help the people on the other vessel if possible.
- Once the situation is under control, retrieve contact and insurance information from the other vessel's operator, other passengers and potential eyewitnesses who might have viewed the accident from shore or from another watercraft.
- Once you get ashore you might need to file an accident report with the Coast Guard or an other law enforcement agency. This is necessary if someone was injured requiring medical attention beyond first aid, or if the physical damage to any of the involved vessels or any other property exceeds $2000.
If you've been involved in a boating accident you might have to file a lawsuit to get compensated for any material, physical or psychological damage that was incurred because of the accident.
If you have any questions regarding boating accidents or need a lawyer to represent you in your boating accident lawsuit, contact The Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free consultation.