Boating Negligence - What You Should Do

In 2014, 4,064 accidents included 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and over $39 million dollars in damages to property as the result of recreational boating accidents according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard. An injury or death does not necessarily require someone to be negligent. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. Louisiana’s boating accidents resulted in 113 crashes, 62 injuries and 19 fatalities, below the previous year’s numbers.

Typical Injuries

Similar to driving on land, there is right of way expectations that are understood by most recreational boaters. These expectations could help produce fault if there was uncertainty in which party is most liable for injuries or damages.

The top five accidents that can happen while on a boat are the following:

  • Collision with recreational vessel
  • Flooding/swamping
  • Collision with a fixed object
  • Grounding
  • Skier Mishap

Colliding with another recreational vessel accounted for over 650 injuries according to the United States Coast Guard over the course of 2014.

What To Do After A Collision

After being involved in a boating accident, the first thing you should do is to ensure that additional damages or injuries occur. The first thing you should do is to turn off the boat’s engine and make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Evaluating the scene is important so that you are aware of any possible issues that can arise shortly. Check on all passengers involved in the crash to check for injury and call for help with your radio or other means. After everyone is taken care of you should exchange name, address, and boat identification with the other operator involved in the collision. Taking pictures and getting witnesses contact information will also be helpful if you plan to file a claim.

Lastly, you will need to contact an experienced boating accident attorney at Babcock Partners, LLC. We will fight for you and get you the justice you deserve. You shouldn’t have to suffer for the negligence of another person.