Most people don’t expect to be involved in a boating accident when they head out for a day of recreation on the water, but boating accidents are a common occurrence that can have serious and sometimes deadly consequences. Boating accidents are often the result of speeding, recklessness driving and alcohol abuse. Often boating occupants fail to recognize potential dangers on the water and fail to take the proper safety precautions to avoid them. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a boating accident, you may have a personal injury case against the responsible party. At Ankin Law Office, our Chicago personal injury attorneys are experienced in negotiating and litigating boating accident cases. We can evaluate the specifics of your accident and help you seek compensation for your damages.
Boating Accident Causes
Boating accidents typically have the same causes as other motor vehicle accidents, but they also have the added hazard of occurring in the water. As a result, drowning is the top cause of death in boating accidents. The most common primary causes of boating accidents include:
- Collision with another vessel
- Collision with a fixed object
- Passengers falling overboard
- Waterskiing accidents
While some boating accidents are caused by mechanical problems leading to product liability cases, the majority are a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Proving these cases can be challenging for those who are not familiar with boating accident litigation because they must be investigated thoroughly to prove fault. Our firm uses a team of investigators to determine the facts of any accident as soon as possible. Contact us today if you have been involved in a boating accident. The sooner we get started on your case, the sooner you can get the compensation you deserve.