Florida's State Boating Laws

Boat Accident Reporting Requirements

An operator involved in a boat accident is required to:

  • Stop their boat at the scene of the accident.
  • Assist any person in distress, or who has been injured, so long as they are able to do so without risking the safety of their passengers or of themselves.
  • Provide their name, address and boat information, in writing, to any person who was injured and to the owner of any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.

Boat Accident Reporting

Boat accidents must be reported by the quickest means possible to any of the following:

  • The Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • The County Sheriff (where the accident occurred).
  • The police department of the municipality where the accident occurred.

Florida's Boat Accident Reporting Requirements

A boat accident must be reported by the quickest means possible if any of the following occur:

  • A person is killed or disappears from the boat.
  • A person is injured and required medical attention beyond first aid.
  • There is damage to a boat or to personal property which exceeds $2,000.

Note: It is a criminal offence to fail to render assistance, or to fail to report an accident.