Boating Accidents

While not anywhere near as prevalent as motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents are a significant cause of personal injuries and deaths in the state of Illinois. While statistically the number of boating accidents have dropped since the all time highs in the mid 1990’s these numbers are somewhat misleading due to a change in the law that removed non-motorized boats from the definition used for the collection of statistics in Illinois: less watercraft technically classified as a “boat” will definitely result in a reduction of injury and fatality events in these reports, if not “on the ground”. A more troubling trend in recent years has been a rapid increase in the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths on Illinois waterways. In Illinois, the most dangerous places to be out on the water, in descending order of reported incidents last year are:

Illinois River(36 incidences, 10 injuries, 3 fatalities)
Lake Michigan(19 incidents, 3 injuries, 4 fatalities)
Mississippi River(19 incidents, 4 injuries, 1 fatality)
Fox River(13 incidents, 3 injuries, 1 fatality)
Kankakee River(12 incidents, 3 injuries, 1 fatality)
Clinton Lake(12 incidents, 1 injury, 1 fatality)
Lake Decatur(11 incidents, 5 injuries)
Rock River(9 incidents, 2 injuries, 1 fatality)
Lake Holiday(7 incidents, 4 injuries)
Lake Shelbyville(7 incidents, 1 injury)

At Levin & Perconti, our firm represents residents in the Chicago, Illinois area that have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones due to boating accidents or collisions. There can be a variety of factors that contribute to accidents on Illinois waterways, whether involving privately owned vessels, personal watercraft such as jet skis, or in some cases even ferries. Some of the most common issues that play a role in these sorts of events include factors such as:

  • Operator Error
  • Operator Inexperience or Improper Training
  • Operating a watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Equipment failure, often due to negligence in properly maintaining a vessel, or negligently performed work.
  • Adverse weather and/or water conditions.
  • Improper supervision of minors.

Under the law, boat owners and operators are generally held to the highest degree of care in order to prevent injury to the passengers in their boat, swimmers and other people using the waters, and the boats around them. At Levin & Perconti, our expert attorneys will discuss your situation and explain to you the various remedies that are available to you in order to determine the best course of action to take in your particular matter. Additionally, our law firm has a proven track record working with insurance companies and the other parties involved in your matter to ensure that all of your needs are handled quickly and appropriately in a way that will bring about the best possible results for you, your friends, and your loved ones.

If you or somebody that you know has suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a boating accident, contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation with a member of our expert legal team to learn about your legal options.

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