7 Things to Know About Boating Accident Regulations in Wisconsin

Boating is one of the most popular activities in the Wisconsin summer. But unfortunately, this pastime results in hundreds of boating accidents every year. Here’s what you need to know.

All Wisconsin Boating Accidents Must Be Reported

Wisconsin state law requires boating accidents to be reported within 10 days – and there are serious consequences if you don’t.

Serious Accidents Must Be Reported to the WDNR

Boating accidents must be reported to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) if the results involve:

Death of a person Disappearance of a person Injury that requires medical treatment Property damage over $2,000

These can be filed via Form 4100-20.

Reckless or Negligent Operation is Punishable By Law

Examples of reckless or negligent boat operation include:

Boating in a designated swimming area Operating a boat while intoxicated Disturbing wildlife with your boat Weaving through boat traffic

Jumping a wake within 100 feet of another vessel

Safety Precautions Are Taken Very Seriously

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises boaters to:

Have U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for each person aboard.

Keep a fire extinguisher onboard.

Maintain working boat lights.

Keep emergency supplies – floating pouch, cell phone, flares, first aid kit, etc.

Recreational Boats Must Be Registered

All recreational vessels must be registered with a Wisconsin Certificate Number. The exception to this is sailboats under 12 feet long.

The Owner Is Ultimately Responsible

The owner of the boat is legally and financially responsible for any collisions – regardless of whether or not they were driving.

You Can File a Boating Accident Claim

Filing a boating accident claim with the WDNR is especially important if the boat has been severely damaged, or if someone has been injured or died during the incident.

Contact a Boat Accident Injury Attorney

Mahony Law is an experienced boat accident injury firm. We’ll help you understand the state’s boating accident regulations, personal injury laws, and how your situation factors in.

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Read the full post to learn more about boat accident injury cases – and your options for legal recourse.