The Gulf of Mexico surrounds Tampa Bay, making it one of the best locations in the country for water sports. Whether you prefer boating, water skiing, surfing, or snorkeling, Tampa’s waterways have what you need.
Unfortunately, as more people venture into the water, the chances of accidents increase. If you have been injured or had your property damaged in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
A Tampa boating accident attorney with Inkelaar Law has the vital steps you should take immediately following a boating accident.
After an accident, the first course of action is to check for injuries. Whether in the water or sitting on your boat, a collision can harm you even if you don’t realize at first.
If there are only minor injuries, like scrapes, and minor cuts, use the first aid kit on board to address those wounds. If there are more severe injuries to people or the boat, stay there and contact local authorities to assist you. Never attempt to move a severely injured person yourself.
Once everyone is safe on board and the local authorities arrive, bring the boat to safety on shore. Although the boat might have severe damage, if it’s still floating, the local authorities can help you tow it to shore.
Throughout the process, it is crucial to take photos of damages and injuries to share with your insurance company. The more information and evidence you provide, the better your chances of the insurance company covering your injuries and repairs.
Take photos as soon as the accident happens to detail the immediate damage. If you can safely bring the boat to shore, take updated photos to show further details that may not have been visible on the water.
Once you have everything documented, share the photos with your insurance company while filing a claim. The more evidence you provide, the better your chances of coverage.
During this phone call or online claim, don’t accept blame for the accident. When you accept blame, the insurance company is no longer responsible for paying the damages. Throughout this process, it is important to consult the help of a Tampa boating accident attorney.
While we encourage all boaters to enjoy the beautiful waterways that Tampa has to offer, it’s important to know your rights before heading out on the water. No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. With the help of a Florida personal injury attorney, you can navigate an often complex and lengthy legal process.
If you have been in an accident, give us a call at (813) 535-5574 or visit our website today for a free case consultation.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.