Boating Safety Course


ACCIDENT REPORTS

IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT, YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT ACTION IS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW. EXAMPLES OF REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS INCLUDE INJURIES REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT, DEATH, DISAPPEARANCE OF A PERSON, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE OF AT LEAST $2,000. IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • Stop
  • Identify yourself and your boat
  • Provide assistance, if possible and warranted
  • Take down pertinent information with dates, time, and conditions
  • File an accident report with the local law enforcement authority (federal law)

Failure to provide assistance or to identify yourself when involved in an accident can result in stiff fines and even imprisonment.