When Should I Report a Boating Accident?

When Should I Report a Boating Accident?

While the last thing on your mind while spending a beautiful day out on the lake is getting into an accident, the reality is, boating accidents happen much more often than most people think. Not only are they much more common than people think, but they also require additional information that many boat owners are unaware of. With the array of emotions rushing through your mind following a boating accident, it’s understandable that you’d forget some important steps to take.

However, there are certain things that have a deadline when looking to seek compensation for your injuries. The most commonly overlooked piece being one of the simplest, which is to report your boating accident.

While there may be slight variations from state-to-state, there are Federal guidelines in place about informing the proper authorities of your accident. Boat owners are required under Federal law to report a boating accident if any of the following occurred:

  • There is a death as a result of the accident

  • There is an injury requiring medical attention exceeding basic first aid

  • The vessel is lost completely (destroyed, lost, etc.)

  • If the damage to any and all property involved exceeds $2,000

For accidents involving property damage, it must be reported within 10 days. Accidents involving death, injuries, or missing persons must be reported within 48 hours of the accident.

Let Cantor Injury Law Assist

As with any type of accident, there are many legal steps to take to pursue the compensation you deserve following a boating accident. To ensure you receive the best chance at seeking the maximum compensation for your case, you should work with an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney.

At Cantor Injury Law, we work with our clients from start to finish ensuring that all the proper documents are filed on time to help you receive the best possible outcome. With over 25 years of experience in St. Louis, our team has dealt with a good deal of different boating accident cases and has a vast array of knowledge in the field to ensure a favorable outcome.

Don’t let the negligence of another person change the rest of your life. Let us fight for what’s lawfully yours! Call (314) 485-4005 today to schedule your free case evaluation.


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