Below is a list of the do’s and dont’s in the case you are a victim of a boating hit and run:
- Make sure all passengers are safe and uninjured.
- Make sure your vessel is not taking on water or at risk of catching fire.
- Try to get the registration number of the at-fault vessel.
- Remember the make and relative length of the at-fault vessel.
- Get information on any property damage to the at-fault vessel.
- Know what direction the at-fault vessel was headed.
- Call FWC, the Coast Guard and/or your local policing agency to report the event.
- Stay at the scene until the investigating agency comes in order to complete a report.
- Ask any witnesses if they can add any additional information about the accident and if they would be willing to stay to give a statement to the investigating agency.
- Ask any witnesses for their contact information.
- Take photos of the damage to your vessel and any personal property.
- Take a note of the location, time, weather conditions and tide conditions while at the scene.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention.
- Protect your rights by finding a qualified maritime personal injury attorney from South Florida.
- Follow a fleeing boater.
- Hire a personal injury attorney that does not practice maritime personal injury claims.