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Do you know what to do after a boating accident?

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 06, 2014 in Boating Accidents

This time of year many residents of the state of Connecticut spend as much time as possible outside. For some, this entails time spent on a lake in a boat. While these excursions are usually a fun way to pass the day, as is the case with other types of transportation it is possible that they could be involved in an accident. A boating accident could result in serious injuries or even death. Regardless of the severity of the incident there are certain steps that should be taken.

When serious injuries or death do not occur, the steps are fairly straight forward. In addition to exchanging names, vessel identification number and address with the other boat owners or operators involved in the incident, the operator must stay at the scene and provide help to any others involved in the accident that need it.

In situations where property damage totaling more than $500 occurred, someone was seriously hurt, died or disappeared as a result of a boat accident, the operator of the boat needs to take other steps as well. Besides immediately contacting the law enforcement agency in closest proximity about the incident, the operator of the boat must also complete a report for the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Boating Division.

Individuals who are hurt in a boating accident or lose a loved one may take action as well. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit could result in financial compensation that would make the ramifications of the accident easier to handle.

Source: State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, “Reporting Boating Accidents,” Accessed Aug. 6, 2014