Illinois boasts some of the most beautiful and pristine lakes in the nation. As such, local residents actively participate in water sports, fishing, and recreational and employment activities on the water. Although fun can be had, the dangers boaters and passengers face are real and much too common.
In fact, according to statistics published by the United States Coast Guard, there were approximately 4,588 recreational boating accidents in 2011. Of these, 758 result in death and more than 3,000 in injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard defines a boating accident as any collision resulting in property damage, personal injury or death. When investigating the causes of these accidents, it becomes clear that some are simply unavoidable, such as accidents caused by adverse weather conditions. Others, however, tend to involve the negligence or wrongful acts of other boaters. In over a third of all boating accidents, it was discovered that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Illinois has made boating under the influence a criminal offense, which can also result in a boat operator's full liability when they injure victims. Other causes of boat accidents include:
- Inexperienced, unlicensed or untrained boat operators
- Intoxicated boaters
- Safety violations
- Distracted, reckless or negligent boating
- Equipment malfunction or failure
The experience to hold negligent boaters liable
Victims injured in boat accidents must file personal injury claims in order to recover their damages. In order to file a successful claim, it must be proven that a boater acted negligently, carelessly or unlawfully. This means that our legal team focuses on proving that they failed to uphold a reasonable standard of care and safety. As members of the Million Dollar Advocated Forum® with more than two decades of personal injury experience, our team of boating accident lawyers can help victims recover the compensation they require. Contact Patel Law, PC to discuss your case.