What do I do if I'm involved in a boating accident?
Stop at the scene and assist others if you can do so safely. This is required by law. For more details, see the Colorado boating statutes.
Don't risk lives to save equipment. Summon help.
Each operator involved in an accident must file an accident report. Operators are required by law to exchange names, addresses, vessel IDs and the name of the owner, if different from the operator.
File an accident report using a Boating Accident Report Form within five days if the incident results in:
Loss of life or disappearance from a vessel
An injury that required medical treatment beyond first aid
Or property damage in excess of $500 or complete loss of vessel.
Submit the report to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
13787 S. Hwy. 85
Littleton, CO 80125
Any person failing to file this report is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by law. This report will not be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of the accident.
What are the leading causes of boating accidents in Colorado?
Careless operation, excessive speed and lack of attention.
What are the leading causes of boating fatalities in Colorado?
Capsizing and boating under the influence (BUI). When you're loading up your boat, make sure everything is in balance, that you're not overloaded and that you have a sober driver.
In many accidents, passengers not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) have drowned. Take a few minutes to make sure everyone has an approved PFD and knows how to use it.