What to do if you’re Involved in a Boat Accident

The operator of a boat involved in a boating accident is required to:

  • Stop their boat at the scene.
  • Render assistance to any person who has been injured or who is in danger so long as they can do so without risking their safety or their passenger’s safety.
  • 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 Accident Reporting

An accident must be reported to the Iowa DNR within 48 hours if:

  • A person is killed.
  • A person is injured and requires treatment beyond first aid.
  • A person disappears from the boat.

An accident must be reported to the Iowa DNR within 5 days if:

  • Property damage totals more than $2,000 or there is total loss of the boat.

Iowa’s Boat Accident Report Form

http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/forms/5420049.pdf?amp;tabid=886

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