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What Should I Do After a Boating Accident?


Boating season is well underway in Tennessee, and even with the coronavirus outbreak there are still many people managing to get out to one of the many waterways in the Nashville area to enjoy some time out on a boat. Unfortunately, with as many boats out on the water this time of year, accidents are bound to happen, so it is important that you know what to do after a boating accident. At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of highly rated legal professionals is here to help. Call the office or contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident.

Assess Medical Attention Needs

The first thing that you should do after a boating accident is assess the medical needs of everyone involved, including yourself. Seek immediate medical treatment for anyone with serious injuries. Even if you do not believe that you are seriously injured, you should still see a doctor as soon as you get back to land. This creates contemporaneous documentation about the extent of your injuries after the accident and may help detect a serious injury, like internal bleeding, that you are unaware of.

Move Out of Harm’s Way

The next step after a boating accident is to move out of harm’s way. If you are in the water, return to the boat if it is not capsized or sinking. If you are still on the boat, move away from any damage and make sure that everyone is accounted for after the accident.

Document the Scene

Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident to preserve as evidence for a later case. This includes where the accident happened, the extent of the property damage, documentation of any physical injuries, weather conditions, time of day, and anything else that may be helpful to your claims. Be sure to document the extent of the damage of any other vessels involved in the crash and anything that may have contributed to the damage, such as empty alcohol containers.

Exchange Information

Exchange information with everyone else involved in the boating accident. If there are bystanders or witnesses to the accident be sure to exchange information with them, as well, so that your attorney can get their statement at a later date. Be sure to get any insurance information if another vessel was involved in the accident to help facilitate the claims process.

Talk to an Experienced Boat Accident Lawyer

Finally, seek out quality legal representation for your boating accident claims. Be sure to hire a lawyer that has specific experience with boating accidents and understands the law regarding personal injury in Tennessee. To learn more, talk to our office about the wide range of legal services provided to our clients that have suffered injuries in a boating accident.

Let Us Help You Today

If you would like to speak with a highly qualified Nashville boat accident lawyer about your case, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today.

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