What Should I do if I’m injured in a Boat Accident?

October 24, 2013  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Boat accidents can generate a personal injury case just as a car accident can. The waterways have “rules of the road” just like the streets do, and many accidents are caused by people who either ignore those rules or boat under the influence.
In fact, boating accidents are common, especially in Minnesota. It pays to understand what to do since you can often receive compensation under the law for injuries sustained during a boating accident.
Treat a boating accident like any other accident. Follow these steps:

  • Seek prompt medical attention.
  • Document whatever you can about the accident.
  • Follow all medical advice.
  • You may wish to call an attorney as soon as possible.

Proving fault in a boating accident can be difficult, so make sure that you are careful about what you say. “No-fault” doesn’t apply on the waterways. You’re also required to call the Sheriff’s office if there was more than $2000 in property damage or any serious injuries at all.
Of course, you should make sure that you do everything in your power to avoid causing accidents when you’re boating. Minnesota is statistically a very high-risk state for boating accidents. Make sure you are doing your part to keep our waterways safe and fun for everyone. Brush up on the rules of the waterways and always boat sober.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, call the personal injury attorneys at BGS. We’ve been serving Anoka County and Hennepin County for over 75 years, and we’re ready to help you navigate this tough situation. Your initial consultation is free, so call us today!