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What to Do After a Boat Accident?

What to Do After a Boat Accident?

A boat accident is not going to be the first thing on your mind when you take your friends and family out for boating. However, accidents are unavoidable, and you are not an exception to the rule.

It is always better to be prepared when accidents happen. You should know what to do when a boat accident occurs to you or your loved ones. Learning what to do will not only be good for you from a medical standpoint but will also work in your favor when it comes to legal problems and issues.

Things to Remember When You Get Involved in a Boat Accident

You cannot do anything to predict or foresee a boat accident, but you can do your best to be prepared once an accident happens to you and those dearest to you. To be able to protect yourself and the people closest to you, here are some things that you must do after a boat accident:

·         Ensure the safety of everyone in the boat.

After a boat accident, your first priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved in the accident. That involves the guests, the crew, operators, and the occupants of the other boat if the cause of the accident is a collision between both vessels.

Check the boat and see if everyone is still on board. Afterward, check all occupants for injuries and treat them accordingly. For injuries that are beyond the scope of simple first aid, manage the injury until appropriate medical assistance can be delivered. After landing, make sure to check up with your physician to ensure that your injuries are not serious.

·         Contact appropriate authorities (i.e. Coast Guard, medical assistance).

While taking care of the medical needs of the boat’s occupants, it is of utmost importance that you contact the U.S. Coast Guard and notify them about the accident. The law requires individuals to report all boat accidents, especially if someone has been killed, if serious injuries have been incurred, if the damage has been valued at more than $2000, the vessel has been destroyed, or someone has gone missing because of the accident.

·         Take notes and gather information about the accident.

While waiting for the Coast Guard, it would be wise to gather as much information as possible about the accident. Write the contact information of the boat operator, passengers, and witnesses. Know the registration of the vessel(s) involved, and take necessary photos to serve as evidence when you run into legal or insurance problems after the boat accident.

Be Prepared to Deal with the Aftermath of a Boat Accident

After being involved in a boat accident, you need to protect yourself medically and legally. Seek immediate medical help as soon as you land on the ground. Report the accident to appropriate authorities, but make sure that you do not incriminate yourself. Even if you think that you might have caused the accident, the cause of the accident will be decided by the investigation team, and not you.

If you are offered a settlement check, do not cash it out without consulting your lawyer or insurance first. It would be advisable to approach a law firm with background and experience in maritime law such as Vincent Mogera. Contact us today.

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