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It's the Law

Accidents and Your Responsibilities


Vessel operators involved in an accident, collision, or other casualty must immediately inform the Missouri State Highway Patrol of the accident.

The operator also must file an accident report with the Missouri State Highway Patrol if:

  • A person dies or disappears or…
  • An injury occurs causing any person to lose consciousness, require medical treatment, or be disabled for more than 24 hours or…
  • Damage to the vessel and other property exceeds $500.

Most reports of accidents must be made within five days of the accident. However, you must file an accident report form within 48 hours if a person dies or is injured as a result of the accident.

It is also the duty of any operator involved in a boating accident to render all necessary aid and assistance, so far as is possible without endangering his or her own passengers or vessel.

An operator will be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident if he or she knows injury or damage has occurred as a result of the accident, but he or she fails to stop and give the other party or a law enforcement officer the following information:

  • His or her name and address
  • The vessel registration number
  • His or her driver’s license number