Boat Accident Reporting Requirements in Ohio

Boat operators who are involved in a collision or boat accident are 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.

Accident Reporting

Boat Accident Reporting in Ohio

An official Boat Accident Report Form must be filed when:

  • A person is killed or lost (within 24 hours).
  • A person is injured and required medical attention beyond first aid (within 5 days).
  • There is damage to property totaling more than $500 or there is complete loss of the boat (within 5 days).

The operator must file a full report on an official form. If the operator is incapacitated, an officer shall file the form.

State-approved Boat Accident Report Form

Send the completed form to:

ODNR Division of Watercraft

Recreational Boating Accident Program Manager

2045 Morse Road

Building C

Columbus, Ohio 43229

Violation Resulting in Injury or Damage is Evidence of Negligence

Violations of watercraft law that result in injury to person or damage to property shall constitute prima-facie evidence of negligence in a civil action.