Kentucky boat accident reporting requirements state that a boat operator involved in an 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.
Kentucky’s Boat Accident Reporting
Kentucky’s boat accident reporting requirements stipulate that boaters must submit an accident report to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources if any of the following occur as a result of the accident:
- A person is killed.
- A person disappears from the boat indicating death or injury.
- A person is injured and requires medical attention and/or they are incapacitated for 24 hours or longer.
- Damage to property as a result of the accident totals more than $500.
Accidents involving death or injury must be reported within 48 hours, whereas other reportable accidents must have an accident report submitted within 5 days.
If the operator is not capable of filing the report and is not the owner of the boat, then the owner shall be required to fill out a boating accident report.
Keep in mind that boat accident reporting requirements vary per state. Be sure that you’re familiar with the reporting requirements for the state in which you’ll be operating your boat.