Even if you follow boating safety protocols, exercise good judgment on the water, and are considerate of other boaters, boating accidents can still happen.

While not all boating accidents involve personal injury or extensive property damage, it’s important to remember that there are certain conditions under which boaters are obligated to report accidents. When you’re unsure, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Circumstances in which boating accidents should be reported to local authorities include:

  • Instances involving serious personal injury or death
  • When accident victims are unaccounted for
  • A vessel is lost
  • Property damage exceeds $500

In the event of serious accidents in which boaters may be injured and property damage is evident, the following steps should be taken:

  • Contact local authorities and request medical attention
  • Move boats to a safe location as possible
  • Answer law enforcement questions honestly
  • Notify your insurance company
  • Do not admit fault to the accident
  • Do not sign documentation from the other boat operator’s insurance company
  • Contact the experienced Little Rock boating accident attorneys at the Duncan Firm
  • Obtain the names of and contact information of involved boat operators, passengers and witnesses
  • Obtain the registration number of the other vessel
  • Take photographs or video of any injuries and damage if possible

If you have been injured or a loved one was killed due to the negligence of another boat operator, please contact the Little Rock, Arkansas, boating accident attorneys at the Duncan Firm for a free case consultation.