Summer in Maryland means that more people will be out on their boats and other watercraft. During weekends and holidays, the region’s waterways can grow especially crowded and dangerous if individuals do not take certain precautions. In the unfortunate event, you or a loved one becomes involved in a boating accident you may ask, “What type of report must be filed afterward?”
With this situation in mind, the following article offers an overview of requirements and procedures for reporting boat accidents in Maryland. Additionally, we give readers some tips for safely enjoying their time on the water.
Reporting of a Boating Accident in Maryland
Getting into a boating accident can be a jarring experience. Should you get into a boating accident, first:
Step 1: Stop your boat at the scene of the accident.
Step 2: Provide assistance to any person who has been injured or in danger so long as they can do so without risking your safety or your passenger’s safety.
Step 3: Give your name, address, and boat information to any person who was injured and to the owner of any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.
After leaving the accident scene, you will need to report it via written correspondence to the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources’ police division. The following criteria necessitate a report being filed in Maryland:
- A person is killed or disappears from the boat (must be reported within 48 hours).
- A person requires medical treatment beyond first aid, loses consciousness, or is disabled for more than 24 hours (must be reported within 48 hours).
- There is property damage over $2,000 (must be reported within ten days).
It is essential to follow this process for reporting as individual reports will not be used in court. Lastly, if needed, obtain a copy of the state report and submit with your insurance claims.
Ways You Can Prevent Boating Accidents
Before You Leave Shore
- Take a boating safety course
- Create a plan for where you are going and what you will do if there is an accident
- Thoroughly check your vessel before you get on the water
While on the Water
- Wear a life jacket that is the right size—you are legally required to have one for every person on board
- Never drive under the influence
- Do not speed
- Watch for other boats, jet skis, and people in the water
- Keep passengers away from ledges, propellers, and other dangerous objects
Get Expert Help from a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are involved in a boating accident as a defendant or plaintiff, work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can ensure you get a just outcome. Call our legal team or send us a message about your case using our online form.