Take the Right Steps
The first step if you were in a boating accident is to make sure everyone involved is out of immediate danger. Try and keep all vehicles out of harm's way and contact the Coast Guard immediately.
Seek Medical Attention
Once the immediate danger has passed, administer first aid to anyone who was injured. You can also request additional medical assistance from the Coast Guard. We strongly advise seeing a doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not believe you were injured.
If it is safe to do so, you should gather information from the other boaters as well as any witnesses, such as contact and insurance information and the registration or identification of the other vessels. You may want to take photographs of the scene as well.
Report the Accident
Under federal law, you must file a boating accident report in several instances, including if someone is killed or seriously injured, there is property damage of $2,000 or more, the vessel is lost, or someone disappears.
If you owned or operated one of the vehicles involved in the accident, you should notify your insurer as you may need to make a claim for damages. However, you should not sign anything until an attorney reviews the documents.
Contact an Attorney
As soon as possible after a boating accident, you should schedule a free consultation at our practice. Mr. Harris can protect your best interests, negotiate with your insurance company, and determine the best course of action for you.