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Boating Accident Reports

If you've been in a boating accident, there's a good chance you'll be required to file a report with local law enforcement. This is a requirement under Federal Law, and not filing a required report can result in serious fines, or even jail time!

When Is a Boating Accident Report Required?

Examples of when you'll need to file an accident report include accidents that involve:

  • Fatalities,
  • Missing persons,
  • Injuries requiring treatment, and/or
  • Property damage.

What Are You Required to Do by Law

If you are involved in an accident, you're required by law to do the following:

  • Stop; Identify yourself and your boat;
  • Provide assistance, if possible;
  • Take down all pertinent information, including the date, time and conditions; and
  • File an accident report with the local authorities.
a man standing in front of an ambulance and a wrecked boat while holding up an accident report