Boating Accidents in Illinois

In Illinois, we have many options for getting out on the water. Whether it is spending a day on Lake Michigan, enjoying time at a cottage on a nearby lake, or living near one of Illinois many rivers, there are plenty of opportunities for recreational boating. However, with this abundance of water options comes a higher risk for Illinois boating accidents. In 2014 in Illinois there were 84 total boating accidents that resulted in 22 deaths.

Passenger Boat Accidents

Our Illinois boat accident lawyers represent clients in the Chicago area and throughout all of Illinois who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in boating accidents and collisions. Many factors can contribute to a boating accident either on a privately owned vessel, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or even a ferry. Some of these factors include:

  • Driver error
  • Driver inexperience
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Equipment failure
  • Adverse weather and/or water conditions

Additionally, unlike a car accident, an accident on the water is coupled with the added risk of drowning. As a general rule of law a boat operator and its owner must exercise the highest degree of care to prevent injuries to those passengers in the boat or swimmers or others in the waters or boats around them. When an operator or owner fails to do so and someone suffers serious personal injuries, they may be able to file a lawsuit to hold wrongdoers accountable.

However, many boat operators fail to exercise the same level of care that they do when they operate a motor vehicle and these operators fail to remember that a boat can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than a car.

Illinois Law specifically prohibits reckless and careless operation of a boat, as well as operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After any boating accident, the accident should be reported to Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Commercial Boat Accidents: Have you been injured on a boat that you work on?

In some cases, if you are injured on a boat that you work on, you may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Jones Act. The act provides certain rights for mariners who have been injured aboard a ship, provided that they meet certain qualifications established by the US Supreme Court

Have you been seriously injured while working on a boat or vessel in Illinois? If yes, please visit our Illinois Jones Act lawyer page for more information on what rights are available to you.

We can help with your boating accident!

Feel free to call our office at 312-332-2872 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced Illinois boat accident attorneys will discuss your situation and go over all the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately. You can also contact us online and one of our attorneys will call you back to discuss your legal options.

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