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What to do after a boating accident

Karns & Kerrison

The choices you make during the immediate moments following a boating accident in Rhode Island can have a big impact on how deadly the incident will prove to be. We at Karns & Kerrison can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from any boat accident and have provided this guide to help you know what to do after a boating accident.

According to Markel Insurance, the first thing you should do is ensure that all passengers on your boat are safe and accounted for. You also need to ensure that everyone is out of the way of any future harm. If weather conditions are bad, you may need to get everyone away from the vessel to avoid further injury from being struck by the boat. Everyone should also group together to avoid being hit by another boat that may not see you.

Once you have found all passengers and taken measures to ensure that you are all protected from any future danger, you need to call for help. This can include sending up flares, using a flag, making a call on a cell phone, or just waving your arms at other passing boats. Attracting attention as quickly as possible can prevent hypothermia and get help for anyone that was injured.

When it comes to boating, being prepared is the best protection. Ensuring that everybody on your boat has a life jacket that fits properly and is educated on what to do in the event of an accident can reduce the number of injuries sustained and lives lost. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.


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If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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