Boating Accidents

In the 1970s there were on average over 70 boating fatalities a year in Louisiana. In the 1990s the number of Louisiana boating fatalities decreased to an average of 40 per year. Most fatalities involve boaters just riding, skiers, fishermen and women, duck hunters, deer hunters, canoeist, and sailors.

Many victims simply fall overboard or are thrown overboard in a collision. Many deaths and injuries can be avoided by wearing Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets) and following some basic rules of boating operation. Various Louisiana agencies, like the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the US Coast Guard set forth the rules of safe boating.

Rules of the Road for vessels upon the waters in the State of Louisiana must be followed. Any violation of the Rules of the Road is evidence of careless or reckless operation.

If you need help or have any question about your Louisiana boating accident, call me at 866-558-9151 or submit your inquiry online. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don't delay.

Additional Resources:

Louisiana Boating Safety & Waterway Strategic Plan

Louisiana Boating Regulations - Required Equipment & Regulations

Louisiana Boating Regulations - New Boating Regulations

Louisiana Boating Regulations - Rules of the Road for Vessels

U.S. Coastguard Boating Safety Resource Center

Incident Reporting & Accident Report Request

Boat Incident Report Request Form

Boating Incident Reporting - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Boating Incident Report (DWF-BIR-004)

Operator - Boating Incident Report

Boating Incident Report (DWF-BIR-005)

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