Get Help, Information When You’re the Victim of a Boating Accident
The last thing you expect when you go for a boat ride on the Boise River is to get involved in a boating accident. Unfortunately, however, with all the water traffic and inexperienced or intoxicated boaters out there, dangerous crashes occur all to frequently.
Do You Know What to Do If You’re Injured in a Boating Accident?
Head injuries and lacerations are among the most common types of injuries that occur because of boating accidents. The actions you take following the incident can either help or hinder your situation. Here, we offer a few tips on what to do.
- Provide medical attention. All boats should be equipped with a first aid kit, and using the medical supplies in yours should you or a passenger on your boat become hurt can stop an injury from going from bad to worse. Do your best to stop bleeding and make the victim comfortable until you can get to land or receive help.
- Call the Coast Guard. Contact the Coast Guard immediately if you or your passenger requires emergency medical attention that you are not able to give. You’ll also need to report the accident and any injuries to the Coast Guard.
- Exchange information. Just like when you are in a car crash, you’ll need to exchange information with the other boater involved in the accident. Write down his or her name, address, and telephone number, as well as the boat’s name and the hull ID number. You’ll also want to exchange insurance information and obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Your Next Step Is Seeking a Lawyer
After you’ve gone to the hospital for treatment, the next call you should make is to an attorney. It’s only fair for the person who caused your injuries to have to pay for them. Contact the Morton Law Offices today to find out how we can help.
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