Boating Accidents and Casualties— What the Law Requires You To Do
An operator involved in a boating accident must:
- Stop his or her vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and …
- Assist anyone injured or in danger from the accident, unless doing so would seriously endanger his or her own vessel or passengers and …
- Give, in writing, his or her name, address, and vessel identification to anyone injured and to the owner of any property damaged by the accident.
It is illegal for a boat operator involved in an accident to leave the scene of the accident without assisting those who were injured in the accident.
Anyone who renders assistance at the scene of a boating accident will not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of providing reasonable and prudent assistance.