With the temperatures rising, so are the number of boats on Illinois lakes and rivers. While boating is a favorite summer pastime for many people, it is important that boaters remember to follow boating safety rules. Just like motorists, boaters are obligated to operate their vehicle with due care and the failure to do so can create in liability for any boating accidents, injuries, or deaths that occur as a result.
While some boating accidents are caused by mechanical problems that lead to a product liability lawsuit, the majority of boating accidents are caused by negligent or reckless behavior, such as:
- Alcohol use while operating the boat;
- Careless operation of the boat;
- Lack of attention to surroundings;
- Lack of proper lookout; and
If you were injured in a boating accident that was caused by negligence or recklessness, the negligent party could be held liable for money damages for injuries, deaths, and other damages that occur as a result.
Boating accidents may also result in criminal charges, as well, depending on the cause of the accident. Last year, Illinois passed a new boating law that requires motor boat operators to submit to drug and alcohol testing if they are involved in an accident resulting in injury or death. Boaters who refuse to comply with the testing requirements, register a BAC over .08, or test positive for drugs will face suspension of their driver’s licenses and boating privileges. Operators of sailboats and other non-powered watercraft will also face suspension of boating privileges if they test positive for drugs or alcohol.
Due to the complicated legal issues and detailed investigation that is necessary with a boating accident claim, it is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer who has experience handling these types of claims. The boating accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing clients who were injured in serious vehicle accidents, including auto accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. As a result, we have the legal knowledge necessary to pursue complex boating accident claims, and we have a vast network of investigators to assist with the boating accident investigation and help collect pertinent evidence as soon as possible. We will fight to get you maximum money damages from all possible sources, including boat operators, boat manufacturers, and any other liable party.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a boating accident, contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit. Our Chicago boat accident attorneys are experienced in negotiating and litigating boating accident cases in order to get our clients full and fair financial recovery. We can evaluate the specifics of your accident and help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.