Chicago Boat and Watercraft Accident Attorney
In Illinois, as the summer heat rises, so does the number of boating accidents. Our Chicago boating accident lawyers know boating and watercraft accidents are far too common, often leading to permanent injuries or loss of life. An accident on a jet ski, sailboat, motorized boat, ferry, tourist boat or other watercraft often leads to brain damage or drowning.
It is imperative that you get legal help if you or a family member was injured or drowned as a result of the actions of a negligent boat operator. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we are a leading personal injury law firm in Chicago, known for achieving outstanding results at trial, or in negotiating settlements in cases of boating accidents.
Boat and Watercraft Accidents in Chicago
An injury in a boating accident can turn a summer day on the water into a nightmare. The injuries sustained are often life-threatening or lead to a lifetime of disabilities. The financial and emotional burdens for the injured or the family are frequently extensive.
If you were injured in an accident involving a boat or watercraft, the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates are here to help. You can contact us for a free case consultation to get information about how to proceed with legal action to pursue full compensation.
How do Boat and Watercraft Accidents Happen?
It is not always easy to determine what caused a boating accident. While many safety features are present on any watercraft, a system can malfunction or be used improperly. Some of the most common types of boating accidents involve:
- Collision with another boat or structure
- Collision with a swimmer
- Defects in boat design leading to injury
- Failure to follow boating laws resulting in injury
If a collision or failure to follow boating laws occurs, the boat operator is often at fault. It is not uncommon for boaters to consume alcohol – boating under the influence is illegal, for good reason. Safe operation of a watercraft requires great care and reasonable care taken to avoid a collision causing harm to others, whether other boats, jet skis, or swimmers in the area.
Injuries to Boat Passengers
In some cases, the injury occurs to the passengers onboard. The passenger may be thrown from the boat upon impact. The injuries sustained may lead to unconsciousness, with the person submerged, either drowning or leading to permanent brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen.
If the boating accident is the result of failures in the design or manufacture of the watercraft, the boat manufacturer, dealer, or other parties may be held liable. Every case is unique. The first step is to speak with us in a private, no-cost consultation to review the facts. When an act of negligence by another party, whether the boat manufacturer, boat operator, or another party caused the accident, a personal injury case can be filed to pursue compensatory damages. The damages sought will include:
- Medical costs, past, current, and future
- Wage loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Who is at Fault in a Chicago Boat Accident?
When a boating accident occurs, an investigation will take place. These investigations are performed by boat operators who have caused injury accidents are often tested for alcohol or drug intoxication as part of the process. The accident investigations will be performed by the Illinois Conservation Police or local law enforcement. It is necessary to file a boating accident report to fulfill your legal duty under the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act. This Act outlines the responsibilities of licensed boat operators. A boating accident must be reported to the authorities if it leads to loss of life or injuries requiring treatment beyond standard first aid. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, our Chicago boat accident lawyers can help you with all of the details, including filing the report as required under state law.
Legal Help for Boating Accidents in Chicago
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates is a well-established law firm in Chicago, Illinois. We focus on building strong personal injury cases and bringing them to trial to pursue the maximum in compensation. Since 1924, we have been serving the Chicago area. Our team has an exceptional rate of success in personal injury cases.
We urge you to contact us at once if you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident in Chicago. Our early involvement in your case could be critical in achieving a positive outcome. The evidence must be identified and preserved, eyewitnesses interviewed, and the damaged watercraft preserved for evidence. Connect with us at once for a free consultation. We are here to protect the rights and interests of the injured.