Boating Accident Attorney in Wisconsin
Wisconsin boarders the 5th largest fresh water lake in the world and has more lakes, and navigable riverways within and along its borders than almost every other state. As a result, Wisconsin has a high number of boating accidents each year. Although there is less chance of being involved in a boat accident than a car accident, boat accidents do happen. Some of the worst injuries are caused by the propeller when a driver fails to maintain an adequate lookout.
Boating accidents can lead to many severe, life-changing injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones and amputation
- Neck and back injuries
- Permanent disabilities
- Wrongful death and drowning
A boating accident can turn any clear sunny day into a dark and deadly nightmare. The water can be a dangerous place. Therefore, all boat operators must practice with extreme care and caution when behind the wheel.
A Few Causes of Boating Accidents
Boating accidents or injuries can occur because of:
- Boating crashes
- Boats tipping or capsizing
- Drinking and Boating (BWI)
- Jet ski accidents
- Lack of experience/licensing to drive a boat
- Manufacture defects
- Mechanical defects
- Negligent driving
- No lifejackets on board
- Operating with persons on the bow, deck or gunwale
- Poor navigation
- Reckless driving and speeding
- Skiing and towing
According to the Wisconsin DNR, boat operators have the responsibility to drive in a “reasonable and prudent” manner. People can lawfully swim at night without any lighting. Piers don’t have to be lit. Boaters need to travel slowly and avoid drifting too close to shore. The responsibility to avoid hitting something in or on the water rests with the boat operator.
Contact Us for a FREE Consultation With One of Our Boating Accident Attorneys
Our attorneys have been zealously representing boating accident victims for decades. We can provide you with the emotional support and legal services you need during this difficult time. We will sit down with you and provide you with options to help you gain the recovery you deserve. For a FREE, no obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow, call 877-362-7529 toll free or contact us online. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin.