The summer brings boaters down to the sea again. While many on the sea want little more than the lonely sea and the sky, others become distracted and end up having boating accidents. There are many things that a boater needs to keep in mind in case their day ends up with an unfortunate accident.
You May Need to File a Boating Accident Report
Federal law requires that you file a boating accident report only in certain circumstances. This includes the following times:
- When someone dies or disappears in a boating accident.
- A person on the boat requires medical treatment other than first aid.
- Damage to the boat or other property (including other boats) totals $2,000 (or less in some states).
- The boat is destroyed.
Only the operator of the boat – or the boat’s owner if the operator is dead or otherwise unable – must file a report.
Boating Safety – Avoid Needing Boating Accident Lawyers in RI
Rhode Island has required boater safety training for many Rhode Island boaters since 2001. Everyone born on or after January 1, 1986 has to take a boating course and successfully pass a boater registration course in order to operate a boat with an engine of more than 10 horsepower. Most insurance carriers offer a discount for boaters who complete a boating course.
Do you need a Boating Accident?
If you or a loved one have been in an accident on the water or in a boat, you may want to speak with a Rhode Island lawyer regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.Johnston Personal Injury Lawyers d’Oliveira & Associates
1395 Atwood Avenue Suite 203A
Johnston, RI 02919