Illinois Boating in Numbers
Recreational boating, in the state of Illinois is enjoyed by thousands of people every year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, recorded 252,094 registered boats in 2014. In the fiscal year of 2014 there were 77 boating accidents, resulting in 54 injuries, and 20 fatalities according to the DNR. 9 of these fatalities occurred during the week and 11 on the weekend. 14 of these fatalities occurred with clear conditions and 11 with calm waters. 16 of the boat operators had no formal boat safety education. Whether you are bringing your boat out with family and friends or on a tour boat in the river, proper safety measures need to be taken by everyone.
Know Your Rights
Most boating accident cases are brought under theory of negligence. If any individual operating the vessel fails to exercise reasonable care and an injury results, he or she may be considered negligent. Boat owners, rental or sales companies, and manufacturers of the boat or components are among the parties that could be held liable. Just like in a car accident lawsuit, if a boater acted negligently and you became injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Primary Cause of Illinois Boating Accidents
Every year several people are injured or killed in bodies of water in Illinois, due to boat drivers negligence. While most boating accidents involve boats colliding with one another, they may also involve colliding with piers, structures, or harbors. Individuals can be knocked overboard or hurt themselves due to the impact of the accidents. Factors that most commonly lead to boating accidents in Illinois may include:
- Tubing accidents
- Inattentive driving
- Weather conditions
- Lack of professional training
- Using improper or outdated equipment
- Failing to keep proper lookout
- Improper lighting
What Should I Do Next?
Taking the right steps after a boating accident is necessary to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. When you turn to experienced personal injury lawyers, like Shea Auto Group to handle your case, we will help you obtain the documentation you need for the case and fill out the paperwork properly. Our Chicago injury lawyers have handled many cases on behalf of clients who have been injured in boating accidents. Call us today toll-free at (877)-365-0040 for a free consultation.