Kingston is surrounded by many beautiful rivers and lakes which makes it a boater’s paradise. Sadly, many are seriously injured due to boat mishaps every year. Before you head out on your next voyage, make sure you know what to do if you are involved in a boating accident.
What Classifies as a Boating Accident?
Unlike a road collision, what constitutes a boating accident isn’t as straightforward. A simple explanation is:
- A collision with another boat
- A grounding incident (when a boat sails into a rock, pilings, or reef)
- Swamping or flooding caused by the wake of a larger boat
- Someone is injured or missing while on the boat, or
- An accident where significant property damage is sustained
Assess for Medical Attention & Call 911
Your priority should be to assess yourself and anyone else involved in the accident for injuries. Immediately call 911 for assistance.
Just like a car accident, it is important that you gather the boat operator’s contact and insurance information. Make a note of the boat’s make and model, the location and time the accident occurred at, and the damage taken. If possible, take any photos you can.
Report the Accident
Whether you called emergency services or not, you should file an accident report with the authorities. The next thing to do is to call your insurance company to file a claim. Give them as much information as possible.
Remember to be safe out on the water and mindful when enjoying time on your boat. If you’ve been injured because of a boating accident, immediately contact us at Zuber Brioux. Trust us to pursue a claim on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Our Kingston Personal Injury Lawyers are available for an initial free consultation.