What Should You Do If You’re Involved in a Boating Accident?

What Should You Do If You're Involved in a Boating Accident?

Now that summer has officially arrived, more and more people are making their way to nearby lakes and beaches for some outdoor water recreation.

Boating tops the list of popular recreational water activities and when done safely, can be a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with our loved ones.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget that in addition to being an enjoyable outdoor activity, boating can also be extremely dangerous, especially to those who are not familiar with the necessary safety procedures. 

In many cases, fault for this type of accident can be at the feet of a water excursion company, a manufacturer, a marina, or even the person who invited you onto the boat.

These individuals and entities can be liable if their negligence results in a boating accident, so if you suffer injuries while boating through no fault of your own, please contact a member of our boating accident legal team today to learn more about your legal options. 

Boating Accident Tips 

If you are in a boating accident, there are a few important steps that you should consider taking, including:

  • Determining if anyone requires medical attention, emergency or otherwise, and if so, calling the proper authorities; 
  • Moving out of harm’s way, which is especially important for boaters who are thrown from their vessel after a collision and usually takes the form of getting back on the boat (unless it is sinking or unstable);
  • Accounting for everyone in your party and helping others who were thrown from the boat get back on board;
  • Moving the boat to safety and ensuring that the vessel is not blocking the safe passage of other boats in the area; and
  • Notifying the Coast Guard, or local law enforcement, who can gather information from the scene, prepare a boating accident report, tow your boat to safety, and provide emergency medical care.

Taking these measures is important to ensuring that boating accident victims receive medical assistance and safe as soon as possible after a collision.

There are also, however, a few additional steps that can play a critical role when it comes to personal injury claims stemming from this type of accident, such as:

  • Exchanging insurance and contact information with any other boaters who were in the accident, as well as the registration numbers of the other boats involved;
  • Obtaining the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident; 
  • Collecting evidence from the scene of the accident, which includes taking photographs of the boat’s condition or any injuries suffered by the passengers, as well as any damaged safety gear; and
  • Seeking assistance from an experienced boating accident attorney who has the tools and resources to investigate the accident, negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer, or represent your interests at trial. 

Call Today for Legal Assistance 

If you were in a boating accident and have questions about whether you qualify for compensation, please call VanderGinst Law at 800-797-5391 to speak with a dedicated boat accident attorney about your legal options.