Tennessee is one of the states leading the nation with a large variety of recreational waterways. With nearly 82 people, on average, moving to Nashville every day, boating accidents are also likely to increase across the mid-state. In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, reports from the 2020 calendar year show there were 5,265 recreational boating accidents - including 767 deaths and 3,191 injuries.
Any accident can change or end a life in a split second. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, but they also commonly include: inexperience, drivers not paying attention, speeding, and violating basic rules of the waterway.
Negligent actions can often lead to personal injuries. When someone is negligent in an accident, they are at fault for the damages. If someone owns or operates a boat, they’re responsible for the well-being of all their passengers.
We Want to Help
Our team of trial lawyers and legal experts are on YOUR side to fight for what you deserve. You can be assured of genuine hard work and understanding professionals that aim to achieve the full financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Your settlement is dependent on the details of the accident. However, it’s best to look at your individual damages and circumstances first.
If a boating accident has affected you, you might not know where to start. That’s precisely why we gathered the key actions to take after a boating (or any) accident, so you'll have all the information you need to win your case and take home the settlement you deserve.
Strengthen Your Case By Taking These Steps After a Boating Accident
Report the accident. Call the police and tell them about the crash. The authorities will request an officer take a report of the accident and any personal injuries. Make sure to ask how you can get a copy of the report.
Take pictures! Of the accident, the surroundings, your injuries, and any property damage. Snap photos of anything else that helps with details of the situation, how and what happened. Keep the photos OFF social media for security reasons and only share them with your attorney.
Talk to witnesses. If you were on a boat with other passengers, ask for all their contact information. They can provide statements.
Save your records and file anything that involves your damages. Keep a folder with your medical bills, receipts, and other evidence of your losses. You will be asked to provide proof when you file a claim.
See a doctor. Do NOT delay getting medical treatment. See a doctor as soon as possible or even visit the E.R. after the wreck JUST to be safe. Waiting too long could hurt your settlement options.
Speak with us! As soon as you can. We don’t expect or want you to do all the work for yourself.
If you or someone you know is injured due to a boating accident, give us a call - 800-844-1712 - or contact us online 24/7. We will always answer your questions and review your case for FREE.
For further details on boating rules and regulation in Tennessee, visit the Wildlife Resource Agency.