JET SKI AND BOATING ACCIDENTS

Injuries involving boats, jet skis, or other personal watercrafts

Boating and watercraft accidents are common occurrences in Lake Michigan. Although most boaters consider safety a top priority, some fail to avoid potential hazards and do not comply with applicable laws. If you’ve been injured in a jet ski or boating accident, you may find that the process of claiming compensation is confusing and time-consuming. One of the best things you can do for your claim is to find a boating accident attorney to help you manage your case.

Illinois Accident Helpline can connect you to a lawyer who is ready to assist you with your claim. The boating accident attorneys within our network carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident to develop the best possible litigation strategy. By examining your unique case, they can determine who is at fault for your injuries.

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Boating accidents are typically covered under the home insurance of the boat’s owners or separate liability policies of the boat owner or party at fault.

Boating and watercraft accidents are common occurrences in Lake Michigan. Although most boaters consider safety a top priority, some fail to avoid potential hazards and do not comply with applicable laws. If you’ve been injured in a jet ski or boating accident, you may find that the process of claiming compensation is confusing and time-consuming. One of the best things you can do for your claim is to find a boating accident attorney to help you manage your case.

Illinois Accident Helpline can connect you to a lawyer who is ready to assist you with your claim. The boating accident attorneys within our network carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident to develop the best possible litigation strategy. By examining your unique case,
they can determine who is at fault for your injuries.

Find a Boating Accident Lawyer Near You

Man on Jet Ski

Boating accidents are typically covered under the home insurance of the boat’s owners or separate liability policies of the boat owner or party at fault.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT

  1. If you have cell reception, call 911 to report the accident. If you are using a VHF radio, make a distress call.
  2. Never admit fault. Many times, the exact cause of a boating accident is unclear immediately following the crash. Be careful what you say. Statements at accidents can have serious legal consequences down the road.
  3. Take note of the time and location of the accident.
  4. Collect the contact information of witnesses. Obtain their addresses and phone numbers.
  5. Obtain the opposing party’s vessel information. Write down the boat’s make, model, and registration number.
  6. Take photos of the scene from a variety of angles. Document any damage to your vessel, other boats or watercraft involved, and the surrounding environment.
  7. Preserve all evidence. Do not get rid of the damaged boat.
  8. Photograph your injuries. Continue photographing your injuries during the healing process.
  9. Seek medical attention immediately.
  10. Keep records of all medical providers and appointments. Keep a folder of your providers’ professional cards and discharge summaries.

Common Boating Accident Injuries

Boating accidents cause some of the most severe injuries, many of which are severe and catastrophic.

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Paralysis

  • Broken bones

  • Torn ligaments

  • Lacerations

  • Burns

  • Disfigurement

  • Dismemberment

  • Serious soft tissue injuries

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

  • Operator inattention
  • Inexperienced boat operators
  • Boating while under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Overcrowded waterways
  • Hazardous water conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Slips and falls on the vessel
  • Failure to keep a sufficient and proper lookout
  • Boat issues, negligent maintenance, and mechanical breakdowns
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Can you recover compensation as a passenger? 

If you were a passenger on a boat and were injured, you may be able to claim against the boat operator or owner, especially if it was driven by someone who was drunk or failed to act with reasonable care.

FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

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FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

Inquire Now