What to do if you’re Involved in a Boat Accident
An operator involved in a boat accident is required to:
- Stop their boat at the scene of the accident.
- 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.
Submitting a Boat Accident Report
Boat Accident Report Forms are available at offices of state parks (with lakes). Reports shall be sent to and are also available at:
State Parks Division,
1220 South Saint Francis Drive,
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
A boat accident report must be filed with the New Mexico State Parks Division within 48 hours if:
- A person is killed or disappears from the boat.
- A person requires medical treatment beyond first aid.
- There is property damage in excess of $100.
It is illegal to knowingly make false claims or statements when reporting a collision, accident or casualty.
Law Enforcement for Boaters in New Mexico
Boating laws in New Mexico are enforced by officials from the New Mexico State Parks Division, including:
- The director, park custodians and other employees of the division.
- Every sheriff in their respective county.
- Every member of the State Police.
- The Coast Guard (on federal waterways).
Enforcement officers have the authority to stop and board boats to ensure that operators are in compliance with state and federal laws.