Chicago Boating Accident Attorneys

Zealous Advocacy for Victims of Careless Boaters – Chicagoland Boating Accident Lawyers

Because Chicago is perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, thousands of residents and visitors engage in recreational boating during the summer. People flock to the lake to launch their boat, stay cool, and enjoy water sports like skiing and wakeboarding during the summer. Most boaters are careful and conscientious, so they follow safe boating practices and comply with applicable laws. Unfortunately, there are some boating enthusiasts for whom drinking and recreational watersports go hand-in-hand. A person operating a boat while intoxicated (OUI) potentially poses an even greater risk than someone who is driving a car while intoxicated because boats are less responsive. The danger of serious injury in a Lake Michigan boating accident also is magnified by the fact that people in the water may be less visible. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago boating accident lawyers believe that those who cause injury to others because they are operating a boat while intoxicated or otherwise in a careless manner deserve to be held accountable. We tenaciously pursue the fullest financial recovery for boating accident injury victims.

Our Chicago personal injury law firm has assembled an experienced team of attorneys with over 45 years of personal injury litigation experience. Our experienced team of lawyers and accident reconstruction experts carefully investigate the facts and circumstances of boating accidents, so we can develop the best possible litigation strategy. We frequently utilize toxicological experts who are able to testify regarding the impact alcohol would have had on the defendant’s ability to maneuver their boat safely. We also carefully monitor criminal cases involving intoxicated boat operators because the developments and outcome can often be used to strengthen a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent boater.

We handle all types of boating accidents and injuries on Illinois lakes, rivers, and other waterways, such as:

  • Collisions with other boats
  • Drowning accidents
  • Injuries cause by running over someone in the water
  • Boating accidents that occur when a watercraft collides with a stationary object
  • Boating accidents involving a boat that flips over or capsizes
  • Propeller mutilation accidents

Serious boating accidents often result in catastrophic injury or wrongful death. If a person is involved in a boating accident in Illinois, he or she might suffer a traumatic brain injury, propeller mutilation, loss of a limb, spinal cord injury, or even a fatal drowning. When these types of serious injuries are caused by a boat operator who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving carelessly, or failing to pay attention, you might be entitled to compensation, including but not limited to the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future diminished earning income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (loss of companionship and services of a spouse)
  • Property loss
  • Funeral or burial expenses (wrongful death cases)
  • Punitive damage (egregious cases like operating a boat while intoxicated)
  • Other damages based on the specific facts

It is never advisable to operate any form of motor vehicle while intoxicated. While alcohol impairs driving ability under the best circumstances, safe operation of a boat is more difficult in many cases then safely driving a passenger car. Passenger cars are extremely responsive to steering adjustments and braking. Boats do not share the same ease of handling, so any diminished ability to respond quickly and exercise good decision-making when driving a boat can have tragic results. If someone is operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol, they may exhibit the following diminished abilities:

  • Slow reaction times
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lack of coordination
  • Faulty assessment of boat operating ability
  • Inability to properly judge speed and distance
  • Diminished visual sharpness

When you or someone you love is involved in a boating accident, a day of relaxation and fun can become a tragedy in the blink of an eye. There are many types of negligent or reckless conduct that can contribute to a boating accident that causes severe injury or wrongful death, such as:

  • Traveling at an unsafe speed
  • Failing to keep a proper lookout
  • Driving in the wrong direction (disregarding the direction and flow of traffic)
  • Inadequately stocking the vehicle with safety equipment
  • Distracted boating (using a cell phone while operating the boat)
  • Improper maintenance of boat or safety equipment

Boating Accident Lawyers You Can Count On

Our Chicago boating accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered injury caused by negligent boater, contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.

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