Friday, June 19, 2009

Boating Accidents and the Law

An operator involved in a boating accident must:
Stop their vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and give assistance to anyone injured in the accident and give their name, address, and identifying number of their vessel as well as the names and addresses of passengers to the other vessel’s operator or passengers.

Witnesses to a boating accident must give their names and addresses to the operators, passengers, or injured person.

The operator or owner of a vessel involved in an accident must file a written report with your State Marine Board if:

A person dies, disappears, or is injured and receives medical treatment or damage to property exceeds $2,000.

Reports of accidents involving only property damage must be made within 10 days of the accident. However, you must file an accident report within 48 hours in cases involving a death, disappearance, or injury.

Passengers are responsible for reporting the accident if the operator is physically incapable of doing so.