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What you should do after a boating accident happens

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2022 | Personal Injury

One of the many things that makes Alabama famous is its beautiful scenery. With that in mind, some people love taking their boats out along this state’s beautiful southern coast. Unfortunately, spending time on a boat brings with it the risk of being in a boating accident. Here’s what to do after a boating accident occurs.

Assess damages

After a boating accident occurs, stop your watercraft immediately. If another party was involved, they’ll also need to stop. Once this happens, each party can check to see if everyone’s safe and that no one went overboard. It’s not uncommon for a personal injury or two to occur after two or more boats collide. This also gives each party a chance to assess the damage to their boats.

Get to a safe location

Boating accidents often take place when there’s a lot of boats in one location. If you and another boat crashed in a busy area, try to safely move to a less crowded area. By doing this, you might prevent a small collision from involving a lot of other oncoming boats.

Exchange insurance information

As you would after a car accident, you’ll need the other party’s insurance information. You’ll also want to contact your insurance company after this accident. If any were present, gather information from any eyewitnesses. You’ll only want to contact the Coast Guard if this accident involved a fatality or a serious injury.

In conclusion, it’s understandable to wonder what to do after a boating accident happens. You can help prevent boating accidents by operating this vehicle safely. It’s also wise to ensure that each person in your boat wears their life jackets, especially while your boat’s in motion.