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What to Do During a Boating Accident

Being involved in a boating accident is an understandably frightening experience. It’s important to prepare in advance for how to handle the situation in order to potentially save someone’s life. Levine and Wiss has compiled this simple guide for what to do after a boating accident.

Boating Accident Safety

  • First things first, if you’re involved in a boating accident and the vessel is still afloat, assess the safety of your passengers and determine if anyone needs medical attention.
  • If possible, move your boat out of the path of oncoming vessels and contact the Coast Guard. While you wait for assistance, begin to provide medical attention to those in need. Pro Tip: Cell phones aren’t reliable in a boating emergency. Make sure you have a marine VHF radio on board at all times to call for help.
  • If any passengers have fallen overboard help them back onto the boat safely and carefully.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard reports that 70 percent of boating accident fatalities result from drowning — so, always wear a life vest on board. In the event that the boat is sinking or has broken apart and there are not enough life vests for all passengers, look for floating debris to climb onto while you signal for help.
  • Once help has arrived, head to a medical professional to get checked out — even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured.

In the unfortunate event that you are injured or involved in a boating accident this summer, do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced attorneys here at Levine and Wiss. Contact us today at 1-888-GOT-HURT for a FREE consultation.