What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Boating Accident?
Boating accidents are rare but when they do happen, they can result in devastating injuries, especially when travelling at high speeds. If you were involved in a boating accident that resulted in injury, it’s important to know what next steps to take. What you do in the moments after an accident can make all the difference when it comes to your health, the wellbeing of others and your insurance claim or lawsuit. Here’s what to do immediately after a boating accident:
Signal for Help
If anyone has been injured, call for medical attention immediately. You should also contact the police, even if there are no injuries onboard. They will advise you on what to do next and if your incident requires you to file a boating accident report. Until they arrive, stay in place, keep your lifejacket on, and never leave the scene until authorities arrive.
Your lawsuit will depend on proving the other parties’ negligence, so the more evidence you can collect, the better. If you are unable to obtain evidence because of your injuries, ask a family member or trusted witness to collect the evidence for you. The most important pieces of evidence you can obtain include photos of the accident scene, any damages to the boat, the police report, boat registration numbers, mariner logbooks, and any witness statements.
Seek Medical Attention
Your health is the most important priority. Even if your injuries are not serious, it’s imperative for you and your passengers to undergo a medical examination immediately. The doctor and specialist reports will be a crucial part of your case.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
You might also be eligible for compensation for those injuries and any associated losses. So before you call your insurance provider, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer. They will advise you on the next steps to take. They can also deal with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure that you get a fair settlement for your injuries and damages. If not, they will escalate your case to the courts and defend your rights to achieve the best results possible.
Our personal injury lawyers at Zuber Brioux have recovered millions of dollars for our clients that have been involved in boating accidents. Our lawyers have decades of experience in personal injury law. Even if you forgot to obtain evidence, didn’t get a police report or didn’t have insurance at the time of your incident, we can still get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to talk to one of our lawyers and get started with your claim today.