In the aftermath of a boating accident, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for damages such as boat damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Unlike auto accidents, there are no skid marks or traffic control devices, and there may not be witnesses outside of the two boats involved.
At the law firm of Trapp & Geller in Chicago, Illinois, our lawyers have extensive experience holding negligent parties and their insurance companies accountable for injuries suffered in accidents involving all types of watercraft, including boats and personal watercraft (PWC).
WHO IS LIABLE IN BOATING ACCIDENTS?
Boating accidents often involve issues such as speed, alcohol and inexperienced drivers. The sooner you contact us after an accident, the sooner our attorneys can collect and preserve evidence of liability. Here are just a few examples of boating accidents that may involve some form of negligence:
- A collision between two boats
- A BUI (boating under the influence) accident
- A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident
- A boat striking a water skier or Jet Ski
- A boat striking a fixed object or submerged object
- An accident caused by a boat’s wake
- Drowning caused by lack of life vests or safety equipment
- An injury caused by a boat defect
No matter how you were injured, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. In some cases, more than one party may have been negligent. As long as you were less than 50 percent responsible for your injury, you are entitled to seek compensation.
CONTACT A BOAT OR JET SKI ACCIDENT INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, call 312-818-2591 or contact us online. The consultation is free, and you are under no obligations.