Do You Know What to Do Following a Florida Boat Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on July 13, 2011

Florida boat accident attorneyFlorida boating accidents are all too common, especially during the summer months when the state’s waterways become more congested. Therefore, it is important to know what to do if you are involved in or witness a Florida boat accident.

Here are a few important Florida boat accident reporting guidelines from the U.S. Coast Guard:


  • Any accident involving death, disappearance or personal injury, or damage greater than $500 must be reported.
  • A "boating accident" includes, but is not limited to, capsizing, collision, foundering, flooding, fire, explosion and the disappearance of a vessel other than by theft.
  • Accidents should be reported immediately.
  • Report accidents by the quickest means possible to one of the following: the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the sheriff of the county in which the accident occurred, or the police chief of the municipality in which the accident occurred, if applicable.
  • It is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.

Of course, it is always best to prevent a Florida boating accident from occurring in the first place. To learn the keys to safe boating, check out our recent post.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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