Texas is home to various bodies of water, including inland freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as the entire southern gulf coastline. The state ranks 6th in the nation for most registered and owned water-crafts, with approximately 600,000 registered boats.
Unfortunately, thousands of boating accidents occur every year. Many of these at-fault operators lack experience, drive in a reckless and negligent manner, and have little knowledge of boating laws, resulting in devastating collisions.
Steps to Take After a Boating Accident
Similar to a car accident, people are at fault for a boating accident if they act negligently. A licensed boater is obligated to follow all safety rules and precautions, as well as be mindful of passengers of other boaters.
The following are the proper steps to take after a boating accident in Texas:
- Ensure everyone involved is safe and administer first aid if necessary. If another vehicle is involved, check to see if other parties for injuries as well.
- Contact law enforcement. Just like any emergency or crash, report the incident by calling 911.
- If possible, secure the scene. If wreckage or another form of debris is blocking a waterway, move it if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, wait for law enforcement or Coast Guard.
- Document the scene. Photograph any damage and injuries, and write down every detail of the event. If you are unable to document the scene due to injury, obtain a report from law enforcement.
- Contact a lawyer. An attorney can help you examine the events of the accident to determine all of your available legal options to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
If you suffered serious injuries after being in a boating accident caused by a negligent operator, contact our Austin personal injury lawyer at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today.