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Common mistakes to avoid after a boat crash

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Boat Accidents

Experiencing a boat crash can be both frightening and confusing. In such stressful situations, knowing how to respond effectively is crucial. Staying calm and making informed decisions can make a big difference after a traumatic accident.

Prevent potential challenges in your case

As much as you want to take proactive steps to settle things after the accident, you must be careful in what you do or say. Your next move can make a significant difference in the outcome of your situation:

  • Not reporting the accident: Failing to report the accident to the appropriate authorities can lead to legal issues. In many districts, you must report boating accidents that result in substantial property damage, injury or death.
  • Not seeking medical assistance: Even if you feel fine, let a medical professional check on you. Injuries like concussions or internal bleeding may not be immediately evident.
  • Admitting fault: Avoid admitting fault or making statements that could come off as an admission of guilt. Let the authorities conduct their investigation to determine responsibility.

Lastly, do not accept the insurance company’s initial offer. You may not know the full extent of your injuries yet and may need further medical care and rehabilitation.

Am I eligible for compensation?

You may be eligible to claim compensation after being involved in a boat crash. Eligible parties include injured passengers, boat owners and operators who are not at fault. You must present evidence such as photos, witness statements and medical records for a chance to claim compensation. A police report is also crucial before you submit your claim to the insurance company or the responsible party.